Tropical Storm Nate is of 7:00 PM CDT was located about 90 miles NE of Cozumel Mexico with maximum winds of 65 MPH. Nate is tracking off to the NNW at about 20 MPH.
FORECAST: Nate is expected to strengthen to near Hurricane status over the next few hours as it moves over the Gulf of Mexico.
TIMING AND IMPACTS:
By late Saturday morning, tropical to hurricane force winds will begin to impact the Gulf Coast including the Mobile area. Rainfall amounts of 6-8 inches are expected along the gulf coast.
RAINFALL: Nate is currently forecasted to be a fast-mover, but will still be able to produce 2-6 inches of rainfall in areas.
CENTRAL ALABAMA IMPACTS: Tropical storm force winds will begin to impact central Alabama ahead of the system beginning Saturday afternoon. Rain and thunderstorms will quickly overspread the area throughout the day into the overnight. Tornadoes and damaging winds will be possible with this system.
TENNESSEE VALLEY IMPACTS: Tropical storm force winds will begin on Sunday with an increasing chance for showers and thunderstorms late Sunday night into Monday morning. A threat for damaging winds and tornadoes will also exist.
FLASH FLOODING POTENTIAL FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL ALABAMA: As in the primary notes, Nate is forecasted to be a fast-mover and flash flooding is not expected to be of great concern, however isolated instances may occur.
TORNADO POTENTIAL: With every tropical system there is a threat for tornadoes given the amount of spin that is in the atmosphere. Brief spin-ups are certaintly not out of the question.
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