Hurricane Nate’s eyewall will likely cross the Mississippi Coast Saturday night, bringing a hard rain and higher winds.
Nate’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 45 to 55 mph and hurricane gusts are likely, said Rupert Lacy, Harrison County emergency manager.
Nate’s center of circulation is about 35 miles south of the Mississippi Coast, The Weather Channel is reporting.
Still moving north at 20 mph, Nate’s center of circulation will likely made landfall on the Mississippi Coast between 11:30 p.m. and midnight Saturday. Its wind speed is 85 mph, according to the National Weather Service’s latest report.
It remains at a Category 1 hurricane.
Officials in Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties are reporting streets are flooded. Water is packing a wallop at the sea well in Gulfport and sending water from the beach onto U.S. 90.
Winds will continue to howl until after the hurricane makes landfall, which could be in Pass Christian, Long Beach or Gulfport, according to emergency management officials using National Weather Service information.