HOLT, Fla., Oct. 7, 2017, 4 p.m.–Hurricane Nate has weakened enough to be classified as a category one storm.
Maximum sustained wind speeds are now at 90 mph.
There are now signs that vertical shear is starting to affect the storm.
Between the developing shear and the imminent landfall, Nate is about out of time to strengthen, according to the National Hurricane Center. However, there could still be some intensification to category two status in the next few hours.
After landfall, Nate should weaken rapidly.
The hurricane watch and tropical storm warning for this area are still in effect.
The center of Nate will pass near or over the mouth of the Mississippi River during the next few hours, then make landfall along the coasts of southeastern Louisiana or Mississippi tonight, according to the NHC.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles mainly to the east of the center.
Tornadoes are possible through Sunday afternoon.