Nate strengthening to category two storm

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The National Hurricane Service has shifted the predictability cone further to the west with the 10 a.m. update. Watches and warning remain in place for this area. (NHC)

HOLT, Fla., Oct. 7, 2017, 10:30 a.m.–Hurricane Nate is gaining strength and is now looking like a category two storm before reaching the Gulf Coast tonight.

Predicted wind strength prior to landfall has been increased to 105 mph by the National Hurricane Center. According to Hurricane Hunter data, winds currently are near 90 mph.

Although the NHC has shifted the predicability cones further to the west, hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings for this area are still in effect and have not been changed at this time.

Nate’s speed has increased to 26 mph.

Hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area this evening and tonight, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin during the next  several hours through Sunday.

Storm surge on the coast is expected between 4 and 6 feet.

Additionally, a couple of tornadoes will be possible beginning late this afternoon over parts of the central Gulf coast region, according to the NHC.

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