Friday evening update: Nate track shifts east, impacts likely in Middle Georgia
MACON, Ga. - A slight shift east in the forecast path of Tropical Storm Nate has increased the odds of feeling impacts in Middle Georgia.
Nate is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Pensacola Saturday night as a hurricane. From there, the storm will move northeast, passing through Mississippi and Alabama before moving into Georgia.
Local impacts are expected to be greatest Sunday into Monday. The WGXA Weather team expects breezy conditions, heavy rain at times and the threat of severe weather.
Rain totals are expected to range from 1-2 inches from Warner Robins north. Areas south of Warner Robins shouldn't see more than 1 inch of rain.
Wind gusts will range from 25-35 mph Sunday into Monday, with the strongest wind gusts happening Sunday evening.
With rain bands from Nate expected to move through Middle Georgia, thunderstorms can't be ruled out. As is common with any landfalling tropical system, brief tornadoes are also possible. The area most at risk for severe weather Sunday looks to be southwest of Macon.
Should the track of Nate shift any further east, the magnitude of impacts would increase, especially the higher wind gusts.
This remains a developing weather story. Follow WGXA News on-air and online for continued updates.