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Tropical Storm Nate kills at least 10 people in Central America

At least 10 people in Costa Rica and Nicaragua were killed Thursday as Tropical Storm Nate dumped heavy rain across Central America.

In Costa Rica, six people, including two children, died because of the severe rain, and in Nicaragua, four were killed. A state of emergency has been declared in Costa Rica, where mudslides are blocking roads, power outages are rampant, and more than 3,500 soldiers have been deployed. President Luis Guillermo Solis said he is certain "the number of displaced people is going to greatly increase."

Nate is expected to cross northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras before moving over the Caribbean Sea on Thursday night, and by late Friday it will be approaching Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Officials in the U.S. Gulf Coast are bracing for the storm, which could strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it hits there Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said.