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Hurricane hunters find Nate strengthening; warnings expanded along Gulf

Hurricane hunters find Nate strengthening; warnings expanded along Gulf

By the time Nate reaches the northern Gulf of Mexico, it is expected to be a hurricane. Parts are on the way for one of six pumps at the Ollie station, but the parish president said he is confident the five working pumps can handle what Nate is expected to bring.

The system is currently about 230 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, maintaining maximum sustained winds of 45 MPH and moving to the north-northwest at 14 MPH - a marked increase in forward velocity.

By Saturday after, it will begin a sharp turn to the northeast, and by Saturday night, it should move ashore, likely in Louisiana or Mississippi.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Morgan City Louisiana to the Mississippi / Alabama border, including metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas, and from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos, Mexico.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Thursday as the state braces for a direct hit.

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Through Monday, Nate is expected to produce two to four inches more rain in eastern Yucatan and western Cuba and three to six inches in the US central Gulf Coast. The declaration will expire when the threat diminishes. The track forecast is unchanged and is quite confident; but the intensity forecast is still rather uncertain. Up to 5 or 6 inches of rain could fall in a narrow band of rain.

The new projected path places landfall east of the last projection, which means portions of the Wiregrass could be affected by tropical storm conditions.

"Tropical moisture will move into central N.C. and provide some much-needed rainfall to the area", the Raleigh office said.

Mandatory evacuation orders were also issued Friday for Grand Isle, Lafitte, Barataria and Crown Pointe in Jefferson Parish.

"We are prepared both with information to provide the callers and then with staff to answer that all important phone call if people do need to call 2-1-1 for any information", says Janet Durden.