Hurricane Nate has absolutely booked it to the Gulf Coast, and he’s now making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River. He’s still moving at 20 mph, which is good news since he won’t linger over low-lying areas as long as previous hurricanes did.
Even though Nate is “just” a Category 1 storm, he’s still expected to bring strong winds and storm surge to areas along the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida coasts. Then-Tropical Storm Nate already left a trail of destruction in Nicaragua, where 13 people lost their lives.
Here are the current hurricane advisories for the coastal U.S.:
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Grand Isle Louisiana to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida
* Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain
* Lake Maurepas
* West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to Indian Pass Florida
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County
We hope everyone in the affected areas are staying safe. Nate has a long way to go — tropical depression conditions are expected as far north as Pennsylvania over the next several days. Since Hurricane Nate has moved so quickly, I hope that everyone had time to evacuate or make the preparations needed. We’ll continue to provide updates on Nate as he makes his way to the north.