(MENAFN - Youm7) Tropical Storm Nate made landfall on Mexico's gulf coast on Sunday bringing torrential rain and high winds, as forecasters said the system would weaken to a depression in the coming hours.
Authorities in the eastern state of Veracruz maintained a storm alert and warned of the threat of flooding and landslides in mountainous regions from the heavy rain.
Nate was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles (75 kilometers) per hour and was moving inland at a steady nine miles per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in its 1:00 pm (1800 GMT) advisory.
Bad weather caused by Nate earlier this week forced the evacuation of an oil rig in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and 10 workers were missing.
Further to the east was fast-moving Tropical Storm Maria, which was passing just north of the Virgin Islands packing winds of up to 60 miles per hours (95 kph).
To the north of Nate, the United States was still mopping up from the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, which slammed into the Gulf Coast one week ago, dumping torrential rains on a huge swath of the American south, mid-Atlantic region and northeast, where it caused historic flooding.