A newly issued warning says Tropical Storm Nate might strengthen into a hurricane before it hits the U.S. mainland. Reports say it’s strengthening in the Caribbean Sea.
According to Alabama.com, Tropical Storm Nate could reach the northern Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane in 48 hours or less. Images show the decimation Nate caused as a tropical storm in Central America.
“Hurricane and storm surge warnings have been issued for the northern Gulf Coast—and now include Alabama's shores,” wrote the website.
Nate will move over Mexico Yucatan Peninsula today before entering the Gulf of Mexico late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
It’s forecasted to race across the Gulf and hit the Louisiana coast by early Sunday morning, or possibly as early as 1 a.m. It’s expected to make landfall against in Eastern Louisiana.
Nate's winds have increased to 50 mph. Hurricane force winds begin at 74 mph. Unfortunately, it will probably gain that strength as it moves through an area with warm water.
A hurricane watch was upgraded to a warning and expanded on Friday morning. It stretches from Grand Isle, La., to the Alabama-Florida state line.
According to NBC news, there is a warning for portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama
Here are the details:
“A storm surge warning has been issued from Morgan City, La., to the Alabama-Florida border and includes the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.”
“A tropical storm warning has been issued for Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas and from west of Grand Isle to Morgan City La.”
“In addition, a hurricane watch is in effect for metro New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas as well as from east of the Alabama-Florida border to the Okaloosa-Walton County line and from west of Grand Isle to Morgan City, La.”
“A storm surge watch is in effect from east of the Alabama-Florida border to Indian Pass, Fla.”
“A tropical storm watch is now in effect from east of the Okaloosa-Walton County line to Indian Pass, Fla. and from west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City, La.”
The hurricane center warns that there could be 4-7 feet storm surges in the warning area. This could cause surge flooding.
Yesterday, meteorologists were unsure of Nate’s path. However, they now say models forecast it to “move quickly this weekend across the Gulf, then curve more to the northeast after landfall, which could take it inland over parts of Alabama on Sunday.”
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