Nate becomes a hurricane
Hurricane Nate is now in the southern Gulf of Mexico. With increasing winds and decreasing pressure as of the 10 PM advisory strengthening will continue with max sustained winds now at 75 mph. The Gulf waters are in the 80s with low wind shear in the Gulf, therefore, Nate will likely not encounter any disruptions in intensification until it makes landfall on the North Central Gulf Coast.
WATCHES & WARNINGS:
Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Escambia, Okaloosa & Santa Rosa counties.
Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Escambia County, Okaloosa Coastal, Santa Rosa Coastal & Mobile counties.
Hurricane Warning is in effect for Baldwin & Mobile counties.
Hurricane Watch is in effect for Escambia, Okaloosa & Santa Rosa counties.
Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Escambia & Santa Rosa counties in Florida and Baldwin, Mobile & Escambia counties in Alabama
WIND - Sustained winds 40-60 miles per hour (mph) with Tropical Storm force gusts (39-73 mph) across Tropical Storm Warned areas & Hurricane-force gusts (74+ mph) across Hurricane Warned areas.
STORM SURGE - Florida may see storm surge reach 4-6' with higher amounts to our west. 4-8' storm surge possible for Mississippi & Alabama. The highest surge will likely be seen around the Mobile Bay region & Alabama barrier islands.
RAIN - 4-6'' likely with isolated areas potentially seeing 6-8''. Flash flooding is possible in low-lying and poor drainage areas.
SEVERE WEATHER - Our area will fall on the east side, or right side of the center, meaning isolated tornadoes will likely spin up. A marginal risk for severe weather is in effect for all of Northwest Florida, Alabama coastal & Alabama inland Saturday & Sunday.
A high rip current risk is in effect not only before and during Nate, but after as well.