(KSLA) - As of 10 a.m. Friday, Tropical Storm Nate was 175 southeast of Cozumel, Mexico moving NNW at 21 mph. Nate will approach the Yucatan Peninsula later today.
Top sustained winds are at 50 mph. Nate will emerge from the northwestern Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm has increased in strength over the Caribbean and certainly will grow stronger over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Nate could become a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall late Saturday or very early Sunday morning along the northern gulf coast.
Tropical models are now favoring a landfall from east of New Orleans to the Alabama-Florida Border.
Hurricane Warnings are in effect from Grand Isle, LA to the Alabama-Florida border. Storm Surge Warnings are in effect From Morgan City, LA to the Alabama-Florida border. This includes Lake Ponchartrain. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from west of Grand Isle, LA to Morgan City LA, including the New Orleans metro area, Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
We will be tracking Nate hour by hour as there certainly will be changes between now and landfall.