TS Nate almost a hurricane as it moves into southern Gulf of Mexico

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropical Storm Nate is expected to bring high surfs and a high risk of rip currents this weekend.

Hurricane Hunters found Nate a little stronger and say the storm is almost as hurricane as it moves into the southern Gulf of Mexico.

“Nate will likely gain strength today over the Western Caribbean. The waters are extremely warm and the vertical wind shear is low. Nate is expected to become a hurricane before impacting the Louisiana and Mississippi Gulf Coast early Sunday morning. For the Tampa Bay area, will see some higher-than-normal surf and a high risk of rip currents for the weekend,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ed Bloodsworth.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border. Yesterday, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency to prepare the Florida panhandle for Tropical Storm Nate.

As of 11 p.m. on Friday, Nate was about 100 miles west-northwest from the western tip of Cuba and 500 miles south-southeast from the mouth of the Mississippi River. Nate’s maximum sustained winds are 65 mph.

Nate is moving north-northwest at 22 mph.

Here are the watches and warnings in effect-

A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for:

  • Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
  • Metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • Morgan City Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border
  • Northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain
  • Alabama/Florida border to Okaloosa/Walton County Line

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Metropolitan New Orleans
  • East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line
  • Pinar del Rio
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
  • West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana
  • Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Metropolitan New Orleans
  • Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
  • Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos Mexico
  • East of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County
    Line
  • West of Grand Isle to Morgan City Louisiana

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • East of the Alabama/Florida border to Indian Pass Florida

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • East of the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Indian Pass Florida
  • West of Morgan City to Intracoastal City Louisiana

 

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