Been a really long night – got a lot of equipment set up ahead of Nate. Going to get some rest now – but first, here is a video discussion with the latest info, including a look at the projected storm surge values as well as the heavy rain threat.
This is an update written by Meteorologist Zack Fradella:
Tropical Storm Nate is now a 65 mph storm with a pressure of 990MB as of the latest 7 p.m. CT advisory from the National Hurricane Center. The movement is very rapid towards the north-northwest at 22 mph.
Nate is now steadily strengthening and those living in the Hurricane Warning area need to rush their preparations to completion.
As the storm approaches the coast of Louisiana on Saturday evening, a turn to the north is expected and depending on exactly where that turn occurs will determine who sees the greatest impacts along the coast. If Nate stays a little more west of track and moves more into Southeast Louisiania the impacts along the coast into the New Orleans area will be greater, comparatively if the system stays more east then the greater impacts will be along the Mississippi/Alabama coasts.
Due to the fast forward motion rainfall totals are not the greatest concern at the coast, it’s the surge. This area along the northern Gulf Coast from Southeast Louisiana to coastal Mississippi and Alabama is prone to storm surge inundation. Projections are for up to 8-10 feet of surge possible and all of these locations are under a Storm Surge Warning.
Farther inland rainfall could cause flash flooding issues from Mississippi and Alabama up through the Appalachians.
Mark is nearing the coast of Mississippi tonight where he will deploy various pods to track the surge inundation as Nate makes landfall Saturday night.
It is time to head down to the Gulf Coast to set up equipment ahead of what is forecast to be hurricane Nate this weekend. From here on out, I will be streaming live from the vehicle cam which is embedded via YouTube below. I will post video discussions along the way but I encourage you to tune in here at 11am ET, 5pm ET and again at 11pm ET as I will go over the very latest info from the NHC live as it comes in. I can explain everything as it is happening – something unique to the live streaming experience.
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The NHC upgraded the depression to tropical storm Nate via their 8am ET intermediate advisory. The storm is about to cross over the eastern portions of Nicaragua and Honduras and then emerge in to the very warm waters of the northwest Caribbean Sea. From there, Nate could strengthen but how much depends on how well its inner core can consolidate. There are a lot of competing weather systems in the region and this makes the overall forecast very complex.
I have posted a video discussion that covers these topics and more – check it out below. Note: I will post another video update around 5pm ET this afternoon.