Nate

Hurricane Nate's projected path as of 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

The National Weather Service

Continuing to strengthen as it nears the central gulf coast, Hurricane Nate is expected to make landfall as a Category 2 storm. 

The storm's sustained winds have increased to 90 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. Moving towards the coast at 26 mph, Nate is expected to make landfall tonight, according to the National Hurricane Center. 

The area from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border remains under hurricane warning. A tropical storm warning has been issued along the Florida panhandle.

Areas west of Morgan City through Intracoastal City remain are under tropical storm watch. 

Storm surge warnings remain in effect for Morgan City and the area through Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida, as well Lake Pontchartrain's northern and western borders.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for areas between Grand Isle and Morgan City, Lake Maurepas and parts of Florida. 

With winds extending outward up to 35 miles, Hurricane Nate's gusts extend primarily to east of the storm's center. Tropical storm-force winds extend 125 miles outward. 

The American Red Cross announced that it will open shelters in Hammond and Amite. The shelters are designed to house people for 24-48 hours. 

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Saturday that President Donald Trump approved a pre-disaster emergency declaration for 17 parishes.

Nate's path has caused some oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to shut down; the Associated Press reported that about 66 workers on oil and gas-producing platforms in the Gulf were evacuated. The Interior Department announced that crews were taken off five drilling rigs, and other rigs were moved out of the storm's path.