Hurricane Nate Is Now Expected to Be a Category 2 Storm at Landfall Tonight
“Nate is the ninth hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic season, and the ninth storm in a row in the basin to reach hurricane strength.”
(COMMONDREAMS) — Having already “left a path of devastation through Central America,” Hurricane Nate—which was upgraded from a tropical storm late Friday—is now barreling toward the northern Gulf Coast of the U.S., and states have begun urgently bracing for impact. The storm is expected to make landfall between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama late Saturday or early Sunday.
As CNN reports, Nate—the latest storm amid a devastating and unprecedented hurricane season—is already responsible for at least 24 deaths in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, and hundreds had to be rescued from mudslides and intense flooding.
With the storm rapidly hurtling toward the coastal United States after picking up speed in the “unusually warm waters” of the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have all declared states of emergency and ordered