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Will Biloxi get hit by Hurricane Nate’s ‘dirty side’?

Hurricane Nate is set to make landfall late Saturday night.
Hurricane Nate is set to make landfall late Saturday night. National Hurricane Center

There’s no pleasant side of a hurricane, but there is a “dirty side.” Others refer to it more simply as “the bad side” or “the side you don’t want to be on.”

The dirty side is generally known as the right side of the storm when looking at it from above, but it’s more accurate to say it’s on the right side of whatever direction the storm is moving, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

And Biloxi, currently under a hurricane warning, might get hit by that dirty side.

Hurricane Nate is set to make landfall in the U.S. sometime Saturday evening. As of 1 p.m., the Category 1 storm has maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and is moving north-northwest at 25 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Biloxi currently sits in the middle of the storm’s projected path. It could face even stronger winds if the storm — projected to be a Category 2 before hitting the U.S. mainland — shifts even a bit and hits Biloxi with its right side.

The right side of the storm is worse due to the direction of hurricane winds, according to NOAA. Hurricane winds rotate counterclockwise, so the strength of the storm on the dirty side is the hurricane’s wind speed plus its forward velocity.

The absolute worst spot in a hurricane is on the dirty side closest to the eye of the storm, according to NOAA. And Biloxi, in the middle of the storm’s path, could be hit by the eye’s right side.

Harrison County is under a storm surge warning and could face a surge of up to 10 feet. In preparation for the storm, Mississippi has declared a state of emergency.

According to CNN, Biloxi and the Gulf Coast will experience wind speeds of 50 miles per hour at 7 p.m. — and could see wind gusts of up to 120 miles per hour if directly hit by the intensifying storm hours later.

And when it does hit the U.S. mainland, there’s a possibility of flash floods and tornadoes, according to ABC News.

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