Hurricane Nate

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At 7 a.m. Central Time on Sunday, October 8, 2017–The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Nate is rapidly weakening, but the storm surge continues.  This morning the heavy rainfall is spreading over the southeastern United States. Hurricane Nate made landfall overnight at 12:30 a.m. as a Category 1 hurricane near Biloxi, Mississippi with 85 mph maximum winds.  Nate brought storm surge flooding and power outages across Louisiana and the southern Gulf Coast with it.

Tropical Storm Nate is 50 miles ESE of Meridian, Mississippi and 95 miles WSW of Montgomery, Alabama. Nate is moving NNE at 23 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the NHC says. On the current forecast track, Nate’s center is forecast to move inland across the deep south, Tennessee Valley and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.

A storm surge warning is in effect for Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line, Florida.

A tropical storm warning is in effect of Alabama/Florida border eastward to Indian Pass, Florida.

Posted earlier:

At 10 a.m. Central Time Saturday, the National Hurricane Center says category 2 Hurricane Nate is strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Nate is 180 miles SSE of the mouth of the Mississippi River and 265  miles S of Biloxi, Mississippi. Nate is briskly speeding NNW at 26 mph with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The hurricane is forecast to make landfall tonight somewhere along the central Gulf coast.

A tropical storm warning also has been issued for parts of the Florida panhandle.

Nate is forecast to produce 3 to 6 inches of rain, a maximum of 10 inches from east of the Mississippi River from the central Gulf Coast into the Deep South (Tennessee Valley, the southern Appalachians).

New Orleans officials ordered a curfew starting at 7 p.m. Saturday ahead of Nate.  Voluntary and mandatory evacuations are in effect in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Lafourche and St. John the Baptist parishes.  Residents are advised to complete their storm preparations. Local meteorologists also warn of flooding, power outages, dangerous storm surge and wind damage. Tornadoes also are possible with this hurricane. The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida also declared states of emergency.

Below is more from the 710 a.m. Saturday NHC public advisory:

“A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
* Metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Morgan City Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida
* Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Lake Maurepas
* West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* Lake Maurepas
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County
* West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* East of the the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Indian Pass Florida

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana

“On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the Gulf of Mexico today and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf coast tonight.” NHC public advisory stated.

” The water is expected to reach the following heights
above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide…

Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Alabama/Florida border…7 to 11 ft.

Mississippi/Alabama border to the Alabama border to Alabama/Florida border, including Mobile Bay…6 to 9  ft.

Morgan City, Louisiana to mouth of the Mississippi River….4 to 6 ft.

Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line…4 to 6 ft.

Okaloosa/Walton County line to Indian Pass, Florida….2 to 4 ft.

Indian Pass to Crystal River, Florida….1 to 3 ft.

For updates, stay tuned to local broadcast, cable, the National Weather Service, NHC, social media and follow instructions from local government and emergency management officials.

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