Saturday morning update on Hurricane Nate
MACON, Ga. - Nate is now a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 80 mph as it tracks through the central Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Nate' path has also taken another slight shift west in the forecast path.
Tropical Storm watches have been issued in NW Georgia but none of these counties are in our area. The most recently issued watches in the southeast include central/northern Alabama and counties in Georgia north of I-85. As it stands this morning we are not likely to handed down any hurricane/ tropical storm warnings.
Over the past 36 hours this storm has gone from moving at 7 mph to over 20 mph. A huge difference for such a short time. As such middle Georgia's most likely time for impacts will be Sunday morning into Sunday evening.
Wind gusts could range between 15-30 mph and rain totals will likely be around one inch with a few isolated locations receiving a bit more. When it comes to severe weather, strong thunderstorms and tornadoes aren't likely, but can't be ruled out.
Isolated showers are possible later tonight with Nate, but late Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon is the time when middle Georgia could see the strongest impacts mentioned before. Rain will continue overnight and into Monday, but no severe weather is expected past Sunday.
This remains a developing weather story. Follow WGXA News on-air and online for continued updates.