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Friday, 06 October 2017 17:17

Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Emerald Coast as Nate Threatens

(TNS) - The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch for the Emerald Coast to the Okaloosa-Walton line in anticipation of Tropical Storm Nate affecting the area over the weekend.

As of the 11 p.m. advisory Nate was about to move off the Honduran coastline into an area where intensification was considered likely. The Hurricane Center said in its 11 p.m. advisory that Nate could be near hurricane strength once it nears the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula.

Nate's interaction with land could cause a temporary cessation in the the strengthening process, but once the storm emerges over the Gulf of Mexico, Nate is expected to resume intensification and the storm is expected to become a hurricane.

Guidance as of the 8 p.m. advisory has not changed significantly and Nate is expected to make landfall along the north-central Gulf Coast early Sunday.

Tropical storm conditions mean an area could experience higher than normal tides, heavy rain and winds up to and exceeding 39 mph.