First Alert Weather: Nate becomes the 9th hurricane of this active season

Sarasota, FL (WWSB) - Hurricane Nate will move through the Central Gulf of Mexico on Saturday toward the Gulf Coast States.

It is expected to be a Cat. 1 or possible 2 hurricane on Saturday and make landfall somewhere between the SE Louisiana coast or Mobile AL late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

We will feel some fringe effects here along the Suncoast as Nate stays well to our West.

Rip currents will be found along area beaches and some minor coastal flooding can be expected around high tides through Sunday.

It looks like the feeder bands will get close, but should stay mainly offshore.  We will see some additional moisture move in which will bring a better chance for showers and a few thunderstorms mainly during the afternoon and evening.

The rain chance will stay high on Sunday at 50% with highs in the upper 80s.  Now some of the storms may be heavy rain makers as they move through.

By Monday the rain chance will drop to 40% and down to 20% by Wednesday.

Have a great weekend

Bob Harrigan

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