Hurricane Nate expected to make landfall as Category 2 — Update

Hurricane Nate expected to make landfall as Category 2 — Update

Mouth of the Mississippi River to the Alabama/Florida border: 5 to 9 feet.

Wind gusts of 20-35 mph are expected in Southwest Louisiana on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to hurricane warnings and tropical storm warnings already in place along a wide stretch of Gulf Coast, a new tropical storm warning has been issued in the Florida Panhandle from east of the Okaloosa-Walton County line to Indian Pass, Florida.

Officials ordered the evacuation of part of the coastal St Bernard Parish east of New Orleans. Top sustained winds were 60 mph, just short of the 74 mph that would make Nate the season's ninth hurricane.

With forecasts projecting landfall in southeast Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, Edwards urged residents to ready for rain, storm surge and severe winds - and to be where they intend to hunker down by "dark on Saturday".

Trump has approved a number of disaster declarations for states in recent months preparing for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, which primarily affected Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, respectively. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 29 counties, covering from Pensacola to Gainesville.

Erickson said forecasters aren't concerned about storm surge. Surge-related flooding will depend on whether the area is experiencing low or high tide at landfall.

US states in the Gulf of Mexico are again on a state of alert as Hurricane Nate barrels towards them.

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.

The system will likely interact with land near the Yucatan Peninsula. That doesn't mean we are out of the woods, though.

Hurricane Nate is threatening the US central Gulf Coast after killing at least 25 people in Central America.

"Nate may bring substantial rain to mountains of North Carolina with up to 1" totals possible for the Triad into Monday morning.