Hurricane Nate moves toward second landfall on Gulf Coast

Hurricane Nate — which is threatening to bring a dangerous storm surge to the Gulf Coast — made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River on the southeastern Louisiana coast Saturday evening and is expected to make a second landfall along the Mississippi coast overnight.

Concerns about the Category 1 hurricane prompted officials in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to declare states of emergency, order evacuations and issue curfews.

Maximum flooding of 7 to 11 feet above ground level is expected in parts of southeast Louisiana and along the Mississippi coast, the National Hurricane Center said. A storm surge warning is in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida. And a tornado watch has been issued for parts of southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

As Nate races inland Sunday, it’s expected to rapidly weaken and should barely be a tropical storm by Sunday night, weakening further to a tropical depression by early Monday morning. But heavy rain and flash flooding will still be a concern as the storm roars ashore and moves inland, according to ABC News meteorologist Dan Peck.

By 6 a.m. CT Sunday, the brunt of the heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to be over central Alabama. Areas of heavy rain will continue to move north from the southeast up through the Northeast on Sunday, Monday and early Tuesday.


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    The latest data from NOAA and the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft suggest that maximum sustained winds are at 85 mph, which makes Nate a Category 1 hurricane. According to The Weather Channel senior meteorologist Stu Ostro, Nate met the criteria for rapid intensification by Saturday morning.

    Nate’s center is currently about 35 miles south-southwest of Biloxi, Mississippi, moving rapidly north at 20 mph.

    Hurricane-force winds extend up to 40 miles from the center of Nate, while tropical-storm-force winds currently reach up to 125 miles from the center. These winds are mainly occurring east of Nate’s center, something commonly seen with hurricanes moving this fast.

    Tropical-storm-force winds are now spreading onshore along the northern Gulf Coast.

    Water levels have exceeded 3.5 feet above normal tides at Mobile, Alabama (Coast Guard station), Saturday evening.

  • Hurricane Nate made US landfall Saturday night as a Category 1 storm near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory on the storm.
    A second landfall is likely on the Mississippi coast a few hours after the eye of the storm passes over the Chandeleur Sound.
    The hurricane center said Nate has maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It was moving north at 20 mph.

    Rains had already soaked coastal Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi much of Saturday. As the storm approached the Gulf Coast, officials in Louisiana and other states implored residents to finish their storm preparations and get inside.

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