Oct. 6 (UPI) — Hurricane Nate is expected to be a category 2 storm when it makes landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States, the National Hurricane Center said.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, the NHC said Nate was located about 180 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It’s moving north-northwest at 26 mph.
Nate has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph. The storm has been deadly in parts of Central America, killing at least 22 people in floods and mudslides.
It is expected to strengthen to a category 2 hurricane by the time it reaches the Gulf Coast.
A hurricane warning was in effect for Grand Isle, La., east to the Alabama/Florida border, and metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. There were a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning in effect for Lake Maurepas in Louisiana; west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, La.; and east of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida.
Tropical storm watches were issued for east of the Okaloosa/Walton county line to Indian Pass, Fla.; and west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City, La.
Storm surge warnings were issued in Morgan City, La., to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida, and the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain. There was a storm surge watch east of the Okaloosa/Walton county line to Indian Pass, Fla.
The storm is expected to move north-northwest through Saturday before turning north Sunday morning.
“On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the central and northern Gulf of Mexico today and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf coast tonight.” the NHC said.
Landfall is likely to take place near Gulfport, Miss.
Including Nate, there have been 13 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes so far this season.
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