Soon-to-be Tropical Storm Nate will have to survive an encounter with Central America before it can pose a threat to the continental United States. Weak storms like this don't always persist as they track over land, especially land as hilly as that seen in Nicaragua and Honduras. The system will make landfall in these countries on Thursday morning and reemerge over the Caribbean late that night. For Central America, flash flooding and mudslides from heavy rain pose the biggest threats. Parts of Nicaragua could see one to two feet of rain by the end of the week. Even a tropical depression or weak tropical storm can pose a significant threat to life due to flash flooding, which is exacerbated in mountainous countries like those found in Central America.