HOLT, Fla., Oct. 6, 2017, UPDATED: 11:30 p.m.–Tropical Storm Nate was designated a category one hurricane at 10:30 p.m. by the National Hurricane Center.
Now that Nate is a hurricane, it may be necessary to increases the intensity forecast, according to the NHC.
Landfall winds have been predicted at 85 mph, but could be adjusted higher. Category two winds begin at 95 mph.
Additional strengthening is expected through Saturday up until the time Nate makes landfall along the Gulf coast.
Reports from this evening’s Air Force Reserve and NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate maximum sustained winds have increased to n75 mph, up from 60 mph at the 5 p.m. update.
Holt and the surrounding communities can expect to receive significantly stronger winds than locations to the west of the center because of Nate’s shape and speed.
Aircraft data indicate Nate is an asymmetric storm with most of the winds located on the eastern side of the circulation. This structure is likely to continue until landfall due to the storm’s fast forward speed, according to the NHC.
Isolated tornadoes will be possible beginning Saturday afternoon over parts of the central Gulf coast region.
Nate is moving toward the north-northwest at a fast clip, near 22 mph.
Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area Saturday night, and tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch area Saturday night and Sunday.
The center of Nate will move across the Gulf of Mexico overnight and Saturday, and will make landfall along the central U.S. Gulf coast Saturday evening or Saturday night.
Additionally, north and western parts of Pensacola are back in the three-day cone of probability.