Nate makes second landfall on Gulf Coast

Nate made its second and U.S. final landfall around 12:30 a.m. CDT near Biloxi,Mississippi,with maximum winds of 85 mph (140 km/h). Nate is now a tropical storm, centered as of 4 a.m. CDT about 80 miles (130 km) north-northeast of Biloxi, and about about 135 miles (215 km) west-southwest of Montgomery, Alabama. Nate is moving toward the north-northeast near 23 mph (37 km/h). On the forecast track, Nate's center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from north of Pointe a la Hache to the Okaloosa / Walton County Line, Florida. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the mouth of Pearl River eastward to Indian Pass, Florida. Tropical storm conditions are expected to continue in the tropical storm warning area for the next several hours. Isolated tornadoes are possible today, mainly from the Florida Panhandle and eastern Alabama across western and northern Georgia. There are also numerous inland watches and warnings. Please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office at www.weather.gov

In the Storm Surge Warning area, the water is expected to reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:

- Mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, including Mobile Bay...5 to 8 ft

- North of Pointe a la Hache to the mouth of the Pearl River...4 to 6 ft.

- Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line...3 to 5 ft
- Morgan City, Louisiana to Pointe a la Hache...1 to 3 ft

Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Indian Pass, Florida...2 to 3 ft
- Indian Pass to Crystal River, Florida...1 to 3 ft

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Nate is expected to continue to quickly weaken as it moves farther inland, and should degenerate into a remnant low late Monday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center. Mobile airport recently reported a wind gust of 54 mph (87 km/h).

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