What Charlotte can expect from Hurricane Nate

Tracking Nate

Tracking Nate

Nate's highest winds are forecast to be generally west of Interstate 65 and closer to the coast.

Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, according to the NHC. Nate became a category 1 hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico early Friday.

Nate isn't a hurricane yet, but it is likely to reach hurricane strength before making landfall in the northern Gulf sometime overnight Saturday into Sunday. A significant storm surge of 5 to 8 feet is expected from southeastern Louisiana to Mississippi and Alabama.

Thousands have been forced to sleep in shelters and some 400,000 people in Costa Rica were reported to be without running water.

Our great team at @FEMA is prepared for #HurricaneNate. The storm will bring heavy rains, damaging winds, and storm surge.

Earlier Friday, the storm hit Central America, leaving at least 22 people dead.

The storm is expected to make landfall in eastern Louisiana, but "some of its worst weather could be felt far to the east of its center", the Press Register said.

Hurricane Nate is picking up speed as it heads across the warm Gulf Coast waters.

The Hurricane Center is urging those in its path to rush to complete the process of protecting lives and property and to take this threat of a hurricane very seriously.

After that, it will turn north, then turn north-northeast Sunday. By midafternoon yesterday, Nate was moving at 21 mph. This could result in flash flooding in these areas. Forecasters say the storm will likely strike the Mississippi Delta around 7 p.m.as a Category 2 hurricane.

Hurricane Nate on Saturday is rapidly moving through the Gulf of Mexico.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Grand Isle to Alabama/Florida border, including metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.

Still, just three inches of rain on Monday caused street flooding in several New Orleans neighborhoods, prompting a flood advisory from the National Weather Service.

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