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Gulf of Mexico oil platforms evacuated ahead of Nate

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Staff Writer | October 7, 2017
Energy companies working in the U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico said they pulled staff from their platforms as Tropical Storm Nate moves north from Honduras.
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The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fl., said Nate is moving northwest from Honduras and gaining strength.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts," a Friday morning forecast read.

"Strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Nate is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf of Mexico."

If the forecast is accurate, it would be another in a line of hurricanes that has pounded the southern United States and its regional territories this year.

Hurricane Harvey hit the southern coast of Texas in late August, knocking out much of the regional refineries.

Irma's landfall in Florida shortly afterward upended the national energy sector because the state has no refineries and other markets had to work overtime to make up the difference.

The U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico, meanwhile, is still in a state of devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.