Tropical Storm Nate to miss SWFL

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Tropical Depression 16 strengthened into Tropical Storm Nate Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center said.

But the system will stay west of Southwest Florida, WINK Chief Meteorologist Jim Farrell said. The track continued its westward shift in the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. advisory.

The easternmost part of the cone is hundreds of miles away from Southwest Florida.

The system has maximum sustained winds at 40 mph and is moving northwest at 12 mph, according to the 11 p.m. advisory. Tropical Storm Nate is currently moving over land about 95 miles east-southeast of Isla Guanaja, Honduras.

Hurricane and storm surge watches were issued for a portion of the U.S. Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said.

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