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NATE: Storm predicted to be a Category 2 at landfall

LATEST ADVISORY: Nate predicted to be a Category 2 hurricane at landfall.

  • At 11 a.m., the center of Hurricane Nate was located near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 88.4 West.
  • On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the northern Gulf of Mexico today and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf Coast tonight.
  • Additional strengthening is expected before landfall, and Nate is forecast to be a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale when the center reaches the Gulf Coast.
  • The worst will be just east of the center, perhaps around Mobile, AL and Gulfport, MS, where storm surge and wind will be an issue.
  • SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT…1500 UTC…INFORMATION – – LOCATION…26.6N 88.4W – – ABOUT 180 MI…285 KM SSE OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER – – ABOUT 265 MI…425 KM S OF BILOXI MISSISSIPPI – – MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…90 MPH…150 KM/H – – PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 26…

Nate is moving very quickly north-northwest through the Gulf. It will stay will away from the FL Peninsula.

Nate became the season’s 9th hurricane overnight.¬†Nate is moving very quickly north-northwest through the Gulf. It will stay will away from the FL Peninsula.

At 11 a.m., the center of Hurricane Nate was located near latitude 26.6 North, longitude 88.4 West. Nate is moving rapidly toward the north-northwest at 26 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through this evening.

A turn toward the north is forecast tonight, followed by a turn toward the northeast. On the forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the northern Gulf of Mexico today and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf Coast tonight.

The maximum sustained winds have increased to 90 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected before landfall, and Nate is forecast to be a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale when the center reaches the Gulf Coast.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles, primarily to the east of the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.

The storm is moving very quickly so it shouldn’t be a problem for Central Florida.

Nate is expected to make landfall sometime late Saturday evening around Mississippi or Alabama.

The worst will be just east of the center, perhaps around Mobile, AL and Gulfport, MS,…

NATE: Storm predicted to be a Category 2 at landfall