Hurricane warning issued in advance of Nate along the US Gulf Coast

Jeannie Matthews
October 8, 2017

A hurricane warning was posted Friday for the Gulf of Mexico coast of the US from Grand Isle, La., east to the Alabama-Florida border. Hurricane and storm surge watches were issued for portions for Coastal Louisiana Thursday evening.

The AccuWeather forecast calls for the remnants of Nate to impact the New York City area with heavy rain starting as early as Sunday afternoon and continuing into Tuesday.

Nate is accelerating to 26mph and headed north-north-west on a course expected to take it onto the central Gulf Coast on Saturday night.

Nate has already killed at least 21 people in Central America.

Across the central Gulf Coast, beaches were ordered to close and some voluntary evacuations were ordered, officials said.

As of Friday morning, the storm is forecast to reach hurricane status before it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast over the weekend.

With maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 kmh), Nate was about 345 miles (550 km) south-southeast of the MS river and expected to strengthen before it makes landfall, the NHC said.

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A hurricane warning is in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border and also for metropolitan New Orleans and nearby Lake Pontchartrain. Flooding there drove 5,000 residents into emergency shelters.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.

"We don't anticipate that this is going to cause devastating impact to New Orleans or exceed the ability for the pumps or the electrical generation down there to pump out that water", Edwards said. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma tore through some coastal states, killing dozens and destroying thousands of properties. "Additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Nate is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf of Mexico". A state of emergency was declared for Mississippi's six southernmost counties.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Thursday in anticipation of Nate's arrival and is asking President Trump to declare "a pre-landfall state of emergency".

As of Thursday, city officials said, 108 of 120 pumps and 26 power generators were in place to back up working turbines.

"We are moving aircraft as a precautionary measure ahead of Tropical Storm Nate, and so we can continue the mission", said Col. Jennie R. Johnson in a statement.

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