Alabama officials expect Hurricane Nate to make landfall as Category 2 storm

Hurricane Nate is expected to make landfall in Louisiana on Saturday night.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and state emergency management officials said at a news conference Saturday that Hurricane Nate is still churning toward the state and citizens should begin making final preparations to ride out the storm at home or, if their area has been advised to evacuate, in shelters.

Nate is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 hurricane around or after midnight Saturday. Officials said residents on the Alabama coast will begin experiencing sustained heavy winds late Saturday afternoon.

The storm is moving quickly and the major impacts are expected to end across the state by late Sunday night or Monday morning.

“I cannot stress enough, Hurricane Nate is an Alabama storm and everyone needs to be prepared,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings said.

State officials urged Alabama residents to heed warnings from local authorities.

“A lot of folks are busy watching football today and aren’t focused on a lot,” Ivey said.

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