Hurricane Nate set to hit the Gulf Coast before turning northeast

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Hurricane Nate will approach the northern Gulf coast today, and then move make landfall over the northern Gulf Coast overnight and Sunday. But Nate was expected to regain some strength and make a second landfall along the coast of MS to the east.

"Nate is expected to continue to quickly weaken as it moves farther inland", the Miami-based centre said in its latest bulletin. The worst of the weather will come to areas on the EAST side of the storm (east of I-65).

The heaviest rainfall is expected in western North Carolina and in the mountains, with 5 to 7 inches possible by Monday morning, Carroll said.

You can stream us LIVE on the weather app and follow Storm Team 9 on Facebook and Twitter. The right hand side of Nate will be the most powerful where we'll be combining the strongest winds near the center with the forward speed of the hurricane.

The storm is expected to hit near where Hurricane Katrina struck the New Orleans area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which had a death toll of 1,833 and over $100 billion in damages.

Nate has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Cullman, Morgan, Marshall, and DeKalb County.

Residents are stocking up before the storm and others in high-risk areas are being told to leave. Winds could be near 105 miles per hour at landfall.

A small craft advisory remains in effect until Sunday evening for Gulf waters from Franklin county through Dixie county.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Tropical Storm Nate.

In the mountains, winds may gust over 40 miles per hour along the ridge tops. Right now model output suggests that Charlotte and the surrounding metro areas could pick up almost an inch of rain... and rainfall amounts drop off sharply east of the Charlotte metro. In fact, we could see a few pop-up thunderstorms on Monday.

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