Hurricane Nate is moving at a remarkable speed of 23 miles an hour, the fastest on record in the Gulf of Mexico. This is fortunate, because if the storm had stalled over open gulf waters as Katrina and Harvey did, it had the capacity to grow much stronger in a matter of hours. Nevertheless, it is very dangerous, with 90MPH winds and extreme rainfall and is expected to cause extensive damage from wind and flooding in the affected area.
The storm is predicted to make landfall over the mouth of the Mississippi River and to affect Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.
Hurricane warnings are in place from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Florida/Alabama border. This has prompted the mayor of New Orleans to issue mandatory evacuation orders for parts of the city.
Nate is the ninth hurricane to form in the Atlantic this season, which is the highest total since the 2012 season. The hurricane season ends in November, and with oceanic water temperatures in the south central Atlantic and Caribbean, more storms are still a possibility.