The hurricane, the 14th named storm of the season, is expected to make landfall near New Orleans this weekend, according to a graphic from the NHC.
Surveillance of Hurricane Nate showed it moving at a "very rapid" 25 miles per hour through the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. The fast movement of Nate will push high winds (tropical storm force) well into eastern MS, all of Alabama, and northern and western Georgia. Most of the area will be under a slight risk of severe weather on Sunday due to the isolated tornado threat.
Nate's maximum sustained winds dropped to 55km/h as it moved northeast into Alabama, prompting the National Hurricane Center to end its tropical storm warnings for the region this morning.
A storm surge between two to eight feet above normal is expected.
Erickson said less than a half-inch of rain is expected in Lake Charles over the weekend and a little over a half in Cameron.
The National Hurricane Center said Nate was about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Biloxi.
The storm could have a nationwide effect on gas prices as it disrupts oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. The water is forecast to recede Sunday morning as the storm quickly moves inland.
Emergency officials fear the winds could cause significant power outages, with storm surges projected at 1.8 to 2.7 metres high, he added.
In Alabama, Republican Governor Kay Ivey has urged residents in areas facing heavy winds and storm surges to take precautions. There is a mandatory evacuation issued for the New Orleans metropolitan area, but many people are remaining in their homes.
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