Tracking Nate: Nate expected to be Cat. 2 when it makes landfall

Oct 09, 2017, 00:29

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It is expected that Nate will make landfall late Saturday night or early Sunday as a hurricane or tropical storm along the northern Gulf Coast.

The hurricane has continued to strengthen slightly, since becoming a hurricane Friday night, and now has sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, with higher gusts, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning. Nate's center will make a second landfall along the coast of MS later Saturday.

The storm is moving quickly through the gulf.

Louisiana and MS officials declared states of emergency, and Louisiana ordered some people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands ahead of Nate's expected landfall.

Nate will be the fourth hurricane to make landfall on the U.S. this season.

The only areas to be affected by Nate are coastal Cameron and Willacy counties, where minor coastal flooding, high surf and rip currents will occur today and most likely throughout the weekend, said Tim Speece, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Brownsville. "He assured me that LA would have all the assistance we need as we prepare for #Nate", the governor posted on Twitter.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday he plans to meet with state emergency officials.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Nate could boost sea levels by 4 to 7 feet, from Morgan City, Louisiana - located less than 90 miles southwest of New Orleans - to the Alabama-Florida border.

Storm surge threatened low-lying communities in southeast Louisiana, eastward to the Alabama fishing village of Bayou la Batre.

Meanwhile, with the Tropical Storm Nate devastating to hammer into the Gulf Coast this end of the week, high alert situations have been announced in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as government organizations activate its resources and announce mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders ahead of time of the Category 1 storm's landfall.

"Our greatest threat. Is not necessarily rain, but strong winds and storm surge", said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. According to the Associated Press, Nate has been responsible for 22 deaths in Central America, mainly due to flooding.

A White House statement said Mr Trump has authorised the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to co-ordinate all federal disaster relief efforts. Nate will test the resiliency of New Orleans pumping stations, which are operating at 92 percent capacity after being strained by previous flooding this summer, The New Orleans Advocate explains. Areas from the central Gulf Coast into the Southeast could get 3 to 6 inches of rain - with isolated areas getting up to 10 inches.

Some people have been ordered to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands.

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