Hurricane Nate Officially Makes Two Landfalls
Late Saturday night Hurricane Nate made a second landfall along the northern Gulf Coast states. It happened about five hours after the first landfall.
The first landfall was along the mouth of the Mississippi River Saturday evening around 7 p.m. local time, according to the National Hurricane Center. At the time the storm was a Category 1 hurricane, according to the Saffir-Simpson scale. Maximum sustained winds were 85 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Nate became a hurricane late Friday night and held the status all day Saturday. The storm is expected to become a tropical storm Sunday as it moves inland across the northern Gulf Coast states. Still, the storm will bring the potential of tornadoes, flash flooding, and storm surge.
Nate is the sixth hurricane to make landfall for the Atlantic tropical season so far:
Hurricane Landfalls This Year
Two other storms made landfall this year, Cindy and Emily, both as tropical storms. This makes a total of eight landfalls this year out of a total of fourteen named storms. Hurricane season ends November 30, however the Atlantic Basin averages two more named storms from this point forward (according to historical data).
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier