Two Navy ships preparing for possible Nate response

170915-N-PC620-0011 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2017) The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) as seen from Landing Craft Unit 1643, attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2, during humanitarian assistance efforts following Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Key West, Fla. The Department of Defense is supporting Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead agency, in helping those affixed by Hurricane Irma to minimize suffering and as one component of the overall whole-of-government response efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael Lehman/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Two Navy ships are preparing to respond to the Gulf Coast region ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.

The Associated Press reports Nate has been blamed for 22 deaths in Central America, and is now threatening Mexico. The storm could make landfall in Louisiana on Sunday.

Navy officials say the the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) are now being directed to be in position in case they are needed after the storm.

Navy and Marine Corps. teams will be prepared for any disaster relief efforts needed, according to the Navy.

The two ships recently responded to relief efforts after Hurricane Irma battered the state of Florida. They returned to Naval Station Mayport on Sept. 19 following their efforts in Florida.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates on the forecast of Tropical Storm Nate.