Friday morning update on Tropical Storm Nate
MACON, Ga -- Tropical Storm Nate crossed through Nicaragua and Honduras on Thursday, causing damage and claiming lives. The storm is now expected to move into the Yucatan Peninsula before crossing into the Gulf Of Mexico.
Tropical Storm Nate's path hasn't changed much from Thursday and now most weather models are in agreement on the path, at least through the Gulf. Nate is projected to become a weak Category 1 hurricane before reaching the Gulf Coast. As of Friday morning, the eye is expected to make landfall somewhere between New Orleans and Mobile, which is why that area of the coast is under a hurricane watch instead of the weaker tropical storm watch, which includes cities like Pensacola, FL and Lake Charles, LA.
There is still a bit of uncertainty with the path of Nate, but most of that comes after the system makes landfall in the U.S. There is a frontal boundary that we are tracking, and depending on its speed the storm could either continue further north before heading east or just head east. If the front speeds up and forces the tropical system to take the eastward turn, we could see rain between 2-3 inches in Middle Georgia and wind gusts around 30 mph.
As of Friday morning, it is more likely that the front moves at a moderate pace giving us around 1-2 inches of rain overnight Sunday through Monday along with wind gusts between 20-25 mph at their peak. Either way, this storm will be much weaker than Tropical Storm Irma. Wind damage is still possible around Middle Georgia, but will not be as widespread as what we saw with Irma last month.
This is still a developing tropical system and we will keep you updated on WGXA.tv and on air with all the latest information.