Hurricane Nate Fills in the Gap of Destruction Between Harvey in Texas & Irma in Florida Saturday Night
NEW ORLEANS, LA -- AT 4 p.m. Saturday, Hurricane Nate is moving toward the north- northwest near 23 mph as a strong Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds, and is expected to pass over portions of Lower Plaquemine Parish in the next few hours.
Hurricane Nate is then expected to make landfall tonight along the Mississippi Coast. The main impacts across southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi will be damaging winds and storm surge flooding along the immediate coast and tidal locations. According to NOAA, the following is the potential at this point.
What does that mean for San Angelo? Texas resources were stretched to the limit by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Florida resources were stretched beyond the limit by Hurricane Irma.
Hurricane damage along the entire gulf coast could affect the cost of fuel and food and energy and basic resources for everyone living in a gulf state.
Potential impacts from the main surge event are now unfolding across the immediate Mississippi coast and across parts of Southeast Louisiana east of the Mississippi River outside of the hurricane risk reduction levee system including portions of Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Orleans, and far Southeastern St. Tammany Parishes. Remain well away from life-threatening surge having possible devastating impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
- Widespread deep inundation, with storm surge flooding greatly accentuated by powerful battering waves. Structural damage to buildings, with many washing away. Damage greatly compounded from considerable floating debris. Locations may be uninhabitable for an extended period.
- Near-shore escape routes and secondary roads washed out or severely flooded. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.
- Extreme beach erosion. New shoreline cuts possible.
- Massive damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. Numerous small craft broken away from moorings with many lifted onshore and stranded.
Potential impacts from the main surge event are also now unfolding across the immediate shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain and along the Southeast Louisiana coast west of the Mississippi River to Grand Isle. Remain well away from life-threatening surge having possible significant to extensive impacts.
Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across Mississippi coastal counties of Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock as well as portions of extreme Southeast Louisiana including much of Lower Plaquemines and Lower St. Bernard Parishes. Remain well sheltered from life-threatening wind having possible extensive impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
- Considerable roof damage to sturdy buildings, with some having window, door, and garage door failures leading to structural damage. Mobile homes severely damaged, with some destroyed. Damage accentuated by airborne projectiles. Locations may be uninhabitable for weeks.
- Many large trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. Several bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable.
- Large areas with power and communications outages.
Potential impacts from the main wind event are also now unfolding across across inland areas of southern Mississippi mainly east of the Interstate 55 corridor including Pearl River County and parishes east of Interstate 55 corridor in Southeast Louisiana including metro New Orleans.. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible limited to significant impacts.
* FLOODING RAIN: Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi. Remain well guarded against locally hazardous flood waters having possible limited impacts.
If realized, these impacts include: - Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
- Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents. Small streams, creeks, canals, bayous, and ditches may become swollen and overflow in spots.
- Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge closures.
Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across the Mississippi coastal counties and extreme Southeast Louisiana including Lower Plaquemines and Lower St. Bernard Parishes. Remain well braced against a tornado event having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.
Elsewhere across Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi, little to no impact is anticipated.