Tropical Storm Nate is almost a hurricane
The center of Tropical Storm Nate is located 500 miles SSE of the mouth of the Mississippi. Reports from Air Force Reserve and NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph with higher gusts.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles primarily to the east of the center.
Nate is moving toward the north-northwest near 22 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through late Saturday. A turn toward the north is forecast Saturday night, followed by a turn toward north-northeast on Sunday. On this forecast track, the center of Nate will move across the Gulf of Mexico overnight and on Saturday, and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf coast Saturday evening or Saturday night.
Nate is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the northern Gulf of Mexico.Additional strengthening is expected through Saturday up until the time Nate makes landfall along the U.S. Gulf coast.
Remnant moisture from Nate will bring rain to central Indiana Monday as the storm sweeps across the eastern US early next week.