Nate Weakens To Tropical Depression

Posted at 9:41 AM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-08 17:35:19-04

UPDATE (5:00 PM Sunday) - Nate weakened to a tropical depression this morning and remains a depression this evening with winds of 35 mph, moving quickly north northeast at 23 mph. The system remains a rainmaker in the Southeast, especially to the east of the center of circulation where heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes have been reported in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas today. Nate is expected to continue tracking northeast and become a remnant low before it reaches the Ohio Valley Monday morning, then the Northeast Monday afternoon.


UPDATE (9:05 AM Sunday) - Nate made a second landfall along the MS Gulf Coast near Biloxi early Sunday. The storm has now weakened to a tropical storm and is rapidly moving northward across Alabama centered near Selma in Dallas County or just west of Montgomery as of 9 AM Eastern. The storm will track northeast through Alabama for the rest of today with continued weakening and could degenerate into a tropical depression later today or tonight. Heavy rain and gusty winds will continue across Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Florida Panhandle through Sunday afternoon. 

UPDATE - (11:00 PM) - Hurricane Nate made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River as a category 1 hurricane Saturday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center. A second landfall is expected late Saturday or early Sunday along the Mississippi coast.

Nate is currently a category 1 hurricane with top winds of 85 mph and is moving north at 20 mph. At it's current trajectory, it is expected to gradually turn northeast around an area of high pressure as it weakens into a tropical storm by Sunday, then a depression and remnant low on Monday. 

UPDATE- (4:30 PM) -

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Hurricane Nate is about 50 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River at Louisiana's southeastern tip. The storm is moving north-northwest toward the Gulf Coast at an unusually fast 23 mph (37 kph).
With maximum sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph), Nate had not gained strength as of the center's 4 p.m. advisory. But forecasters said it might still reach Category 2 strength of 96 mph or more by the time it makes landfall.
Nate was on a track that could take it over or near the mouth of the Mississippi by around 7 p.m. on its way to a later landfall on the Louisiana or Mississippi coast.