Tropical Storm Nate is set to hit the US Gulf Coastline. Its current trajectory has it hitting just west of New Orleans and moving northeast through Alabama. Although no one can say with absolute Certainty the path the storm will take.
Officials have upgraded the Tropical Storm Warning to a Hurricane Warning. Forecasters believe that Nate will gain strength in the warm Caribbean waters before it reaches the US Coast.
Tropical Storm Nate killed at least 24 people in Costa Rica, the Honduras, and Nicaragua. When The Storm caused mudslides and floods.
The US Coastal States are gearing up for the storm and this time they will not be caught off guard.
Hurricane, tropical storm and storm surge watches were issued late Friday from Florida’s border with Alabama east as far as Indian Pass, the hurricane center said. The tropical storm watch was later expanded to include most of Central Alabama and several counties in northwest Georgia, according to local National Weather Service offices.
“Based on the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center, (Tropical Storm Nate) will continue in the Gulf of Mexico and we expect it to become a hurricane and bring severe weather to the Florida panhandle this weekend,” Scott said Friday. “To be clear, Florida is now in the cone.”
He told residents to anticipate evacuation zones, warning that bridges will close once wind speeds get to 30-40 miles per hour and people won’t be able to evacuate.
“In Florida, we know to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best, but we don’t take any chances,” Scott said, urging people to get their medications and have three days of food and water. “Please stock up on supplies today, the storm is … fast-moving.”