US Gulf Coast Braces For Hurricane Nate To Make Landfall As Category 2 Storm

  

US Gulf Coast Braces For Hurricane Nate To Make Landfall As Category 2 Storm

Hurricane Nate is threatening to slam into the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm Saturday evening, prompting Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to declare states of emergency as they order evacuations and mobilize resources in preparation.

Nate was as of late morning Saturday moving at a 26 mph clip toward the U.S. coast, with maximum sustained 90 mph winds as it churned north-northwest from its location about 265 miles south of Biloxi, Mississippi. Its wind speed made it a Category 1 hurricane as of midday with the expectation that it would strengthen into a Category 2 through the afternoon.

The storm's strongest winds are expected to be directly north and east from the eye of the storm. Tornadoes and flash floods are a "real concern" as the storm roars ashore and moves inland, according to ABC News meteorologist Daniel Manzo.

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