10/6/17 - Hurricane Warnings Issued For Portions of the Gulf Coast

All eyes are on Tropical Storm Nate today as significant impacts are appearing likely for parts of the U.S. Gulf coast. We have everything you need to know on Nate below.

Tropical Storm Nate:
Nate remains as a tropical storm. It is currently back over the water north of Honduras. Today is a crucial day in determining how strong Nate may get. Wind shear is pretty low and water temperatures are extremely warm in this area, so how strong it gets today can help determine its strength before landfall on the U.S. Tonight, Nate may make landfall on the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula as a stronger tropical storm than it currently is. Maximum winds may get up to 60 mph. Then this weekend, Nate will move into the Gulf. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for further strengthening of the storm. Therefore, the National Hurricane Center is expecting Nate to become an 80 mph hurricane upon landfall on southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama. The hurricane models have been in tremendous agreement the past 24 hours or so, taking Nate right into the area described above. Storm surge of 4-7 feet is forecasted to the east of where the center makes land fall. At this time, significant storm surge is not expected for the New Orleans metro. Rainfall and flooding is another significant threat. Isolated locations may pick up to a foot of rain, which will likely cause flooding. Most areas will receive 3-6" inches of rain. This isn’t only a coastal storm, as much of the Eastern U.S. will deal with heavy rain from the remnants of Nate, so there is the chance for flooding inland as well. Portions of the interior southeast will also experience tropical storm force winds (SE MS, southern & central AL & parts of northern GA). Please review your local forecast from the National Weather Service for the expected impacts in your area at weather.gov.

Watches & Warnings:

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Latest wind swath forecast from the NHC.

Latest wind swath forecast from the NHC.

Impacts are imminent for portions of the Yucatan & the northern Gulf coast.

Impacts are imminent for portions of the Yucatan & the northern Gulf coast.

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We will have another update as conditions warrant. Thank you for using our service and application.


-- Jackson Dill, Hurricane Tracker Team 

10/5/17 - TS Nate Has Formed & Is Headed To the Gulf Coast

Tropical Depression Sixteen strengthened into Tropical Storm Nate this morning. This storm will hit the United States this weekend. We have all the details below.

Tropical Storm Nate:
Nate is currently affecting Nicaragua and Honduras, making landfall and moving through these countries today. Heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding & mudslides will be the biggest concern in the short term. Tomorrow, Nate will move back over the water and likely intensify further as a tropical storm. It may move back over land briefly, affecting the Yucatan Peninsula, including Cancun, Friday night as a tropical storm. Then by the weekend, Nate will enter the Gulf of Mexico. There will be little wind shear that this tropical entity encounters while traveling over very warm ocean waters. These are two factors that are favorable for further intensification. At this time, the U.S. Gulf coast should closely monitor this storm, especially from Louisiana through the western Florida Panhandle. Chances are increasing that Nate will affect the Gulf Coast as a tropical storm or a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday.

The recent suite of hurricane models show much better agreement in terms of where Nate is headed. The UKMET and EURO models have shifted west towards the GFS. They all take Nate towards SE LA/MS/AL. It’s still early to discuss specific impacts for the U.S., but heavy rain, tropical-storm-force winds, and storm surge is appearing likely for some areas along the northern Gulf coast Sunday. It appears Nate's forward speed will increase once it reaches the Gulf of Mexico and this will help to keep rain amounts from getting too high. Faster moving systems drop less rain over one areas versus slow moving systems. Inland areas over the southeastern United States should also monitor the progress of Nate.

Alert Levels:
We have issued an ‘Imminent’ 5-day Alert Level for Nicaragua and Honduras and a ‘High’ level for the Yucatan Peninsula. In the United States, we put out an ‘Elevated’ Alert Level for SE LA/MS/AL.. This means that you should closely monitor the progress of Nate and begin thinking about your hurricane readiness plan.

We will have another update as conditions warrant. Thank you for using our service and application.


-- Jackson Dill, Hurricane Tracker Team