Tropical Storm Nate

September 11, 2011 by USA Post 

Tropical Storm NateTropical Storm Nate, A weakened Tropical Storm Nate Sunday drift toward the Gulf of Mexico to the coast, where the authorities opened shelters as a precaution, but said the storm was having little impact.

Meanwhile, a search was intensified air and sea failed to attend 10 oil workers who disappeared on Thursday, and there was news of a dozen fishermen who disappeared on two shrimp boats Friday.

At 9 am EDT (1300 GMT) on Sunday, Nate was centered about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north-northwest of the port city of Veracruz, Veracruz state, and 80 miles (130 kilometers) southeast of the city of Tuxpan, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to 45 mph (70 kph), and the storm was moving west near 10 mph (15 kph), the center said. Is expected to make landfall somewhere between Veracruz and Tuxpan late Sunday morning.

In Antigua, 15 miles (25 kilometers) north of Veracruz, Mayor Arturo Navarrete told the radio station XEU there was light rain and little wind. He said authorities had set up six shelters, but did not know whether they intended to evacuate the residents yet.

On Saturday, Navy helicopter from Mexico and the state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, left the ports of the coast of Tabasco to cross the sea, while other teams searched the beaches near the place where the 10 oil workers left their liftboats with disabilities to lead an enclosed life raft in the storm Thursday.

On Saturday afternoon, authorities said they still had found no trace of the workers, who were employees of the Houston-based Geokinetics Inc. and asked for help Thursday afternoon after leaving a vessel known as Trinity II about noon. The missing are four U.S. workers, four Mexican workers, one of the workers of Kazakhstan and one tenth of unconfirmed nationality.

A crane ships can lower your legs to the seabed and then rise above the water level. This was being used as a vessel registration and accommodation of the crew, and was in the water about 25 feet (8 meters) deep.

Randy Reed, president of the shipowner, Trinidad liftboats Services LLC in New Iberia, Louisiana, was unavailable for comment on Saturday, according to a woman who answered the phone there. Mexico’s Navy said Friday that the Marines had reached the 94 feet (29 meters), 185 tons of Trinidad II, but found the crew.

Taquin spokeswoman Brenda Geokinetics said the raft was a sealed capsule containing enough food and water for several days, but there was no way to contact him.

Pemex said it evacuated 473 workers from platforms off the coast of the states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas. The Gulf of Mexico ports were closed to navigation.

In the Caribbean early Sunday morning, Tropical Storm Marie was located about 160 miles (260 kilometers) northeast of San Juan; Puerto Rico with winds had strengthened to 60 mph (95 kph), the NHC said. It was moving northwest at 13 mph (20 kph) to the Atlantic. Do not see the coast or warnings in effect, the center said.

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