Our viewing area is under several different watches and warnings including Hurricane Warnings. We are doing continuous coverage on air all night long and are also streaming on Facebook Live. We will be feeling the impacts of high wind, storm surge, rain, and possible tornadoes. Have a plan and be ready to put your plan in action.
Landfall of the eye just happened along the Mississippi coast near Biloxi. However, do keep in mind that impacts won’t just be near the center of the storm. The highest winds are near the center of the storm, and higher winds in general are along the coasts.
Nate is a steady mover so it won’t have too much time to get stronger, but at this point it is likely Nate becomes a category 2 with winds of near 105 mph by landfall. We will be on the east side of this storm, which in this part of Gulf Coast is where the stronger winds and higher storm surge occurs. The National Hurricane Center is now saying from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the MS/AL line that 7-11 ft of storm surge will be possible. From the MS/AL line to the AL/FL line including Mobile Bay 6-9 ft of surge will be possible. The storm surge will be the biggest threat with Nate. There is also the chance for isolated tornadoes and isolated flash flooding. If you have any questions just let us know.
Here are the current coordinates from the Hurricane Center:
12:30 AM CDT Sun Oct 8
Location: 30.4°N 89.0°W
Moving: N at 20 mph
Min pressure: 984 mb
Max sustained: 85 mph
Link to the National Hurricane Center potential surge interactive map can be found here: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at1+shtml/152016.shtml?inundation#contents
Rain and thunderstorms continue with wind gusts varying from 20-30 mph. Rain coverage for both today and Sunday will be near 80%, with total amounts of 3 to 6 inches. Some communities may see double those amounts if you get caught under a steady feeder band.
Storm surge along the coast and along rivers that feed out to Bays or the coast could range from as high as 6 or 9 feet along the Alabama/Mississippi line to 4 to 6 feet toward Choctawhatchee Bay.