Now a hurricane, rapidly moving Hurricane Nate is expected to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast tonight.
The National Hurricane Center reports that as of 11 a.m. Saturday, Nate has maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, and moving to the north-northwest at 26 mph. The center of circulation was 265 miles south of Biloxi, Miss.
Hurricane warnings are in place from the Florida-Alabama line west to Louisiana, including the Mississippi River delta and New Orleans.
Nate is forecast to be a Category 2 hurricane when it makes landfall sometime in the overnight hours. It will be the third hurricane to impact the Gulf Coast since August, following Hurricane Harvey’s landfall along the Texas coast, and last month’s Hurricane Irma’s impact in Marco Island and north through Fort Myers.
While Nate won’t be directly impacting Southwest Florida, thankfully, as many who still have blue tarps from Irma on their rooftops may be thinking, Nate’s path could make for a rough weekend on the water. The National Weather Service has issued small craft advisories for the offshore Gulf of Mexico this weekend.
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