Nate is really moving this morning! Forward speed is now up to 26 mph, which is racing speed for a tropical system. The gusty south winds that we have now are ahead of the next cold front. Those strong southerly winds will usher Hurricane Nate onshore tonight and then quickly pull him northward to TN. The center of Nate should make landfall somewhere between Biloxi and Mobile, AL as a low-end cat 2 (100mph). Hurricane force winds only extend outward about 35 miles. The storm is much broader to the east of the center than to the west, meaning the Florida Panhandle will see more affects from Nate than points from New Orleans west. For those who have traveled to the Gulf Coast, storm surge will be the greatest threat, especially along the Mississippi and Alabama Coasts. Gusty winds to 50+mph will also be possible, as well as some heavy downpours of rain. Flooding should not be a big problem because of the fast forward motion of Nate. As with all tropical land-falling systems, isolated tornadoes along the coast will also be possible. These tornadoes will be brief and weak.
The storm will then make a beeline for Crossville. Our winds will continue to pick up overnight and we could see gusts over 40 mph on Sunday and Sunday night. Rainfall will range between 1-3″, with isolated higher amounts east of Crossville. The greatest affects should be east of the plateau, which will be east of the center of the storm.
Below are the latest watches and warnings. Because of the fast speed of the storm, tropical storm conditions will be felt as far north as Chattanooga.