It's expected to make landfall late tonight in the Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama corridor.
September marked the single most active month for Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history.
It comes as a hurricane warning was issued for a stretch of the US Gulf Coast, ranging from Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border. Nicaragua's vice president and spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo, said at least 11 people had died in that country, including two women and a man who worked for the Health Ministry who were swept away by floodwaters in a canal.
If Nate makes landfall just west of the city, it has the potential to cause a surge of 5 to 8 feet above dry land, which will result in significant flooding.
Residents in areas outside New Orleans' levee system have been evacuated as the category one hurricane churns northwards through the gulf. The major concern was that Nate's storm surge was projected to coincide with high tide. "Rainfall totals around 0.5" to 1.5". The cone includes parts of North Georgia, but a good bit of Central Georgia is not included in the cone. Coffee, Dale, and Geneva counties, as well as the Florida counties of Holmes, inland Bay, north Walton, and Washington have been placed under a tropical storm watch.
Hurricane Nate is picking up speed as it heads across the warm Gulf Coast waters. Rain will remain scattered throughout Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Saturday: "Hurricane Nate" approaches with increasing winds and rain with damaging winds. The order allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief work. Friday night: Partly cloudy, very warm and muggy with a low of 78 degrees. South of the track, a strong thunderstorm is possible Monday night. Highs in the mid 80s.
Wednesday. Partly cloudy. Slight rain chance.
Some 500,000 people in Costa Rica were without access to safe drinking water.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for.