Reports: Strengthening Hurricane Nate bears down on US Gulf Coast

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, AccuWeather staff writer
, AccuWeather staff writer
October 07, 2017, 4:01:48 PM EDT

Hurricane Nate strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Friday night and is expected to make landfall Saturday evening, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.

The storm could strengthen to a Category 2 prior to making landfall in far southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Another landfall is expected along the coast of southern Mississippi a few hours later.

Impacts will increase along the Gulf Coast into Saturday night, with storm surge possibly reaching 6 to 12 feet, according to Pydynowski.

There could be wind gusts approaching 110 miles per hour in a small area near the point of landfall right along the coast,” Pydynowski said. “Certainly, enough to do some structural damage and cause power outages.”

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3:23 p.m. CDT Saturday: As Hurricane Nate approaches the region, the potential for a couple of brief tornadoes in near-coastal areas seems likely to increase through the afternoon from southeast Louisiana and southern portions of Mississippi and Alabama into parts of the Florida Panhandle.

Tornado watch might be needed for portions of the area this evening as bands from Hurricane come ashore #LAwx #MSwx

— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans)

1:27 p.m. CDT Saturday: Category 1 Hurricanes are still able to cause property damage, push down trees and lead to power outages. The National Hurricane Center now forecasts Hurricane Nate to have maximum sustained winds of 105 mph by landfall tonight.

7-11 ft storm surge on the MS Gulf Coast and open water coast in SE LA from . I’m 6ft 6 in. This pole is 11 ft. Some perspective.

— Ken Graham (@wx4keg)

1:08 p.m. CDT Saturday: Gas stations are already out of gas in Biloxi, Mississippi and possibly surrounding areas.

Update: gas stations running out of gasoline in Biloxi, MS ahead of strengthening Hurricane @breakingweather

— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu)

12:46 p.m. CDT Saturday: Early voting wrapped up sooner than scheduled in parts of Louisiana due to Hurricane Nate.

Early Voting suspended at 3pm in ORL, StTAM, StBER and PLAQ parishes due to Nate. Continues until 6pm elsewhere.

— La. Sec. of State (@Louisiana_sos)

9:47 a.m. CDT Saturday: Power companies deploying trucks ahead of Hurricane Nate.

Georgia Power trucks heading south on I65 toward Mobile to position for assist @breakingweather

— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu)

8:38 a.m. CDT Saturday: The National Hurricane Center issued an intermediate advisory.

The advisory listed a hurricane warning in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama. A storm surge warning was is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Okaloosa and Walton county line in Florida.

is intensifying as it quickly approaches the Gulf Coast- last chance to prepare for this dangerous #hurricane!

— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic)
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