Nate closing in on the Gulf Coast

Nate closing in on the Gulf Coast

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Nate is moving toward the north near 20 mph (31 km/h).  A turn toward the north-northeast and northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days.

On the forecast track, Nate's center will make landfall on the Mississippi coast within the next hour or two.  After landfall, the center of Nate is expected to move across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.

Data from the reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Nate is expected to weaken quickly after landfall, and it is likely to become a tropical storm Sunday morning.

It should degenerate into a remnant low late Monday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).

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