The state of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the anticipated landfall of Tropical Storm Nate, which has killed over 22 people so far in Central America.
Currently moving northward and strengthening in the Caribbean sea, Nate is expected to make landfall east of New Orleans on Saturday night as a category 1 hurricane. In the past two months, Nate will be the third hurricane to have hit the United States.
Storm surge watches have been issued in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where officials have urged residents to gather supplies and abide by any local evacuation notices.
— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) October 6, 2017
According to the National Hurricane Center, Nate will shower the affected areas with between 3 and 12 inches of rain, and storm surges of 4 to 7 feet are expected.