Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America as it pummeled the region with heavy rain while heading toward Mexico's Caribbean resorts and the US Gulf Coast, where it could strike as a hurricane this weekend.
In Nicaragua, at least 11 people died on Thursday, seven others were reported missing and thousands had to evacuate homes because of flooding, said the country's vice president Rosario Murillo.
Emergency officials in Costa Rica reported that at least eight people were killed due to the lashing rain, including two children. Another 17 people were missing, while more than 7000 had to take refuge from Nate in shelters, authorities said.
Two youths also drowned in Honduras due to the sudden swell in a river, while a man was killed in a mud slide
Wednesday both Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Talladega Super Speedway announced that they are opening their camp grounds to those seeking refuge from Hurricane Irma.
At both locations they are offering hot showers, restrooms, and camp grounds suitable for RVs and tents. Grass areas, and gravel areas are noted.
Press Release from Talladega Super Speedway
Press Release from Atlanta Motor Speedway
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Late Saturday evening, reports of a crash involving a small, twin-engine plane out of Tennessee crashed in Chatsworth, Georgia. Chatsworth is located in Murray County.
Authorities have confirmed that there four on the aircraft and none of them survived.
The Sheriff of Murray County says that there was heavy rain in the area prior to the crash, and he has contacted the Federal Aviation Administration.
There is still a Flash Flood Watch in affect in the area until 10:00pm EST.
Initial reports to authorities noted the plane was on fire before it came down.
Captured scanner feed below.
May 17, 2017: Another strong Superstorm is forming over the Colorado/Utah/Wyoming/Idaho states poised to bring SEVERAL inches of rain and or snow to the area.
One for the record books! Be ready...