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Tolls suspended on La. 1 ahead of Tropical Storm Nate

Tolls suspended on La. 1 ahead of Tropical Storm Nate

Right now, it's moving very quickly, racing along at 22 MPH to the north-northwest. That was nearly 9% of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf. The left side of a storm has weaker winds and less rainfall, along with no storm surge issues.

5 p.m. UPDATE: A hurricane warning has been issued for metro New Orleans as Tropical Storm - and likely soon-to-be Hurricane - Nate neared the northeastern tip of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. advisory.

The current track highlights a landfall tonight, in a narrow area near Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi to Mobile, Alabama.

Thousands have also been forced to evacuate their homes over fears of landslides and flooding.

Hurricane Nate currently carries maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h.

The president emphasized in a tweet Saturday morning that FEMA was prepared for the storm, urging residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to "please listen to your local authorities & be safe!"

"The public is advised that beyond a certain point weather conditions will make it impossible for first responders to answer emergency calls", a statement said. On Thursday, a voluntary evacuation was called in the barrier island town of Grand Isle, south of New Orleans.

Hurricane Watch is now in effect east of the Alabama/Florida line to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in the Florida Panhandle.

Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes and Costa Rica's government declared a state of emergency. In other words, there is still some uncertainty about just 'how bad' it could be in any one single community. The storm will bring heavy rains, damaging winds, and storm surge.

"When it comes to a storm the size of Nate, the potential threat of thunderstorms and tornadoes do exist", said Dothan/Houston County EMA Director Chris Judah.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.