The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Nate has top sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph) and is situated about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, on Friday night. WXII 12 meteorologists expect winds gusts between 20 -30 mph to cause only isolated wind damage and scattered power outages mainly in the western part of the state.
If the current forecast holds for Hurricane Nate, the eye of the storm will stay east of Louisiana.
The storm is expected to remain over land as it moves through Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia and then into Pennsylvania sometime Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles, primarily to the east of the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles.
The storm track, as of Friday, places the weakened storm system in Coweta County on Sunday morning. "Gusty winds at times and storm surge, of course, is still a threat for the coast and the lakeshore. probably three to five feet above normal". Flood gates would be closed at that point. "That's why the storm is being monitored so closely".
In addition to evacuation orders, the mayor implemented a city-wide curfew to go into effect at 7 p.m. Saturday until Sunday morning after the severe weather had passed.
That water could rise suddenly and be slow to recede, the Weather Service office warned.
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula - home to the popular beach resorts of Cancun and Plana del Carmen - was braced for the storm on Friday night. "There is no need to panic", Landrieu told a news conference.
We will also keep you abreast of breaking news by sending out pertinent news alerts directly to your phone. Surge-related flooding depends on the timing of the event and the tides, and "can vary greatly over short distances".
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