A Hurricane Watch has been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama border, this includes the New Orleans metropolitan area.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued from the Mississippi/Alabama border eastward to the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida. A Tropical Storm Watch has also been issued west of Morgan City to Intracoastal City, Louisiana. This means hurricane or tropical storm force conditions are expected in the watch areas within 48 hours.
A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for the coastal areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. The watch is from Morgan City, Louisiana,
eastward to the Alabama/Florida border, including the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.
As of the 10 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Nate is about to move back over the warm water of the Northwest Caribbean. This will likely induce strengthening as the system traverses the Caribbean on Friday.
The official intensity forecast continues to indicate Nate will strengthen into a hurricane once over the Gulf and will impact Louisiana as an 80 mph hurricane.
There has been no change in the overall track thinking as a continued north-northwest motion is expected as Nate crosses the Yucatan Friday night and moves into the Gulf before approaching the coast of Louisiana early Sunday morning. A direct hit on New Orleans continues to be forecasted.