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Hurricane Nate makes landfall near Mississippi River

Hurricane Nate has made landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River, the National Hurricane Center said.

The center of Hurricane Nate as of 10 p.m. CDT was located by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radar just offshore of the Mississippi coast about 35 miles (60 km) south-southwest of Biloxi, Mississippi, and about 60 miles (95 km) east of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nate is moving toward the north near 20 mph (31 km/h). On the forecast track, Nate's center will make landfall on the Mississippi coast within the next hour or two. After landfall, the center of Nate is expected to move across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama / Florida border. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Okaloosa / Walton County Line, Florida. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Mouth of the Pearl River and east of the Alabama/Florida border to Indian Pass Florida.

Hurricane and tropical storm conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area overnight. Tropical storm conditions are expected in the tropical storm warning area through Sunday morning. A few tornadoes are possible across parts of Alabama, the western Florida Panhandle, western Georgia, and southern Mississippi through Sunday afternoon.

Data from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Nate is expected to weaken quickly after landfall, and it is likely to become a tropical storm Sunday morning. It should degenerate into a remnant low late Monday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125
miles (205 km).

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