As new Hurricane Nate forecast tracks are released every six hours, forecasters are paying close attention to small shifts in the storm's projected path.
With Nate, perhaps more than other storms, the precise landfall might make a significant difference in the impacts seen in an area because the storm is relatively small.
Not a huge wind field from Nate, and most of it is to the east of the center, still brings some really nasty weather into Ms/Al Gulf Coast pic.twitter.com/x8D97CcoAm— Daniel Phillips (@DanielKATC) October 7, 2017
As of the latest Nate forecast, the NHC projects a landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. A landfall 60 miles east or west of that, for example, would mean big differences in rain and wind impacts for southeast Louisiana.
Hurricane-force winds extend just 35 miles from the storm's center, according to the National Hurricane Center as of 4 a.m Saturday. And tropical storm-force winds extend 125 miles from the center.
Nate continues to strengthen with winds of 85 mph as of 7 a.m. Saturday. The storm is quickly moving north-northwest at 22 mph.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Grand Isle to the Alabama/Florida border, including metro New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.
A storm surge warning is in effect for Morgan City to the Okaloosa/Walton County Line Florida, including the northern and western shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Lake Maurepas and west of Grand Isle to Morgan City and east of the Alabama/Florida border to the Okaloosa/Walton County line.
There are no watches or warnings posted for the Baton Rouge area as of early Saturday morning.