Central America – Storm Nate Causes Deadly Floods in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

Update 09 October 2017:

As of 09 October the number of casualties blamed on Tropical Storm Nate rose to at least 28 and with 14 people reportedly missing. Fatalities were reported in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Panama.

Map of Tropical Cyclone Nate by Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) – DG ECHO Daily map | 06/10/2017

See the full map here (pdf)


Nate also affected parts of the USA, making landfall on 07 October as a Category 1 hurricane, first near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana on 07 October, then near Biloxi, Mississippi, just after midnight local time 08 October.

Nate brought heavy rainfall to parts of North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia, with some flooding but no fatalities reported.

Parts of the Gulf Coast also saw flooding caused by storm surge. A storm surge of 6.3 feet (1.92 metres) was recorded at Pascagoula, Mississippi. In Louisiana, tide levels reached 4.5 feet (1.3m) above normal high-tide levels at Shell Beach. In Alabama, tides reached 5.5 feet (1.67m) above normal high tide at Mobile and 5.8 feet (1.76m) above normal high tide at Bayou La Batre, according to The Weather Channel.

Original Report, 06 October 2017

Tropical Storm Nate has swept through several countries in Central America, causing deaths, flooding and wind damage in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s disaster management agency – Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) – reported that at least eight people have died with a further 17 people missing. Over 400,000 people have been left without running water.

Costa Rica Red Cross says that around 2,000 people exposed to flood risks have been evacuated in the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas. Local media report that across the country, over 7,000 have evacuated their homes. Schools across the country have been closed.

CNE said that almost 9,000 incidents across the country were reported to emergency services, including 1,168 for flooding and 231 for landslides.


Liberia in Guanacaste recorded 278.0 mm of rain in 24 hours to 05 October, according to WMO.

According to IMN rainfall figures for a period between 07:00 and 22:00 on 05 October, several areas recorded over 100 mm of rain, including Cerro Cedral in Escazú 133 mm, Cerro Chitaría in Santa Ana 133 mm and Cerro Burío in Aserrí 104 mm, Paquera 110 mm and Cerro Buenavista de Perez Zeledon 150 mm.


In Nicaragua, 11 deaths have been blamed on Storm Nate. The storm also caused extensive damage to infrastructure.

Vice President Rosario Murillo said that more than 10,000 people have been affected by heavy rain and flooding. The affected departments / regions include: Chontales, Madriz, Boaco, Rio San Juan, Nueva Segovia, Carazo, Rivas, Granada and North Caribbean.

Hundreds of homes have been flooded, particularly in the departments of Rivas (441 homes) and Carazo (81). Six houses have been totally destroyed, with a further 52 thought to be at risk of collapse. Over 3,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Flooding in North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region, Nicaragua after Tropical Storm Nate. Photo: CD SINAPRED


Three deaths have been reported in Honduras and several are reported missing. Severe flood damage was reported in San Ignacio (Francisco Morazán department), El Porvenir (Atlántida), Trojes (El Paraíso) and San Lorenzo and Nacaome in Valle department.

Yellow level alerts remain in 16 departments of the country, with green level in 2 others (Yoro and Comayagua).


During a 24 hour period to 05 October, Choluteca recorded 68.5 mm of rain and Puerto Lempira 52.9 mm. Ampala reported 65.6 mm of rain in 24 hours to 06 October.

Alerts in Honduras after heavy rain from Tropical Storm Nate. Image: COPECO


The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in Belize warned yesterday that Nate could bring heavy rain “likely to cause dangerous flash floods and localized flooding. As much as 6 inches or higher rainfall is expected”. NEMO advised those in vulnerable areas to evacuate:

“People in low-lying areas are advised to move to higher grounds. If you need to go to a shelter, know which shelter you will go to and workout how you will reach the shelter. Check up on family members and neighbors who are in need of assistance. Secure as much food and water as possible. At risk families, the elderly, women, and children are encouraged to weather the storm in a safe dry place. Do not wait until it’s too late to take action.”


During a 24 hour period 06 October, 71 mm of rain fell at Phillip Goldston International Airport in Belize.

Storm Nate to Head Across Yucatan Peninsula

The National Hurricane Centre said that, if the storm stays on its current track, the centre of
Nate “will move across the northwestern Caribbean Sea today and reach the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula early this evening. Nate will then move into the southern Gulf of Mexico tonight and approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday evening.”

U.S. Central Gulf Coast states could expect strong winds and up to 12 inches (300 mm) of rain.

Track of Storm Nate. Image: NHC

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