Hurricane Nate is expected to strengthen to a Category 2 storm before it makes landfall late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
A hurricane isn’t considered a major hurricane until it reaches a Category 3, according to the National Hurricane Center.
So what can the Mississippi Coast expect as the category escalates?
The higher the wind speed, the greater the damages.
A Category 2 storm has winds of 96 to 110 miles per hour.
A Category 2 has extremely dangerous winds that can cause extensive damage, the NHC says. The winds can cause major roof and siding damage to well-constructed frame homes. Shallow-rooted tees can snap or be uprooted, blocking roads.
Also, there could be power outages that could last several days.
The good news, meteorologists say, is Nate should pass quickly and move on to the east, northeast.
But officials warn that it’s dangerous to go outside while a hurricane passes. Stay inside and away from windows.