Tropical Storm Nate formed off the coast of Nicaragua Thursday morning, and updated projections show it strengthening into a hurricane and making landfall in Louisiana by Sunday morning.
A hurricane watch and storm surge watch for portions of the northern Gulf Coast is expected …
Early projections — which are subject to change — indicate rain from the storm system will begin about 10 a.m. Saturday and continue through Sunday night.
A coastal flood advisory is in effect until noon Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Louisiana is expected to see a storm surge of between 2 and 3 feet, according to NWS. Rain accumulations are currently projected to be anywhere from 2 to 4-plus inches throughout the state, according to WWL-TV.
Initial projections indicated the storm would drift east and head toward Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, but new projections show it headed toward southeastern Louisiana.
At 10 a.m. Thursday, the tropical storm was located about 30 miles northwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving northwest at 9 mph.
Nate's maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40 mph (65 kph) and the U.S. National Hurricane Center says strengthening is likely as the storm moves over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday.
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