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No need to panic, but don't underestimate Nate either

The National Hurricane Center’s forecast model for Tropical Storm Nate has it moving into Coastal Mississippi on Sunday morning.
The National Hurricane Center’s forecast model for Tropical Storm Nate has it moving into Coastal Mississippi on Sunday morning. National Hurricane Center

If you haven’t made final preparations for Nate, whether it ends up being a tropical storm or hurricane, you should get busy.

We don’t know exactly where Nate is headed but it looks like there is a better than average chance the storm will affect the Mississippi Coast.

There is no reason to panic but the sooner you get out and stock up on the usual storm supplies the better. Gas up your vehicles. And, get all potential projectiles — lawn furniture, grills, trampolines and such — out of your yard. Anything that’s not secured could become deadly in hurricane-force winds.

If you’re new to the area, talk to a neighbor, someone who is a hurricane veteran, and follow their advice.

If you have your house in order, look for a neighbor who needs a hand.

And visit SunHerald.com often. We’ll have the latest from the National Weather Service, the Hurricane Center and local emergency management agencies.

Right now, it appears Nate will be a fast-moving storm that should be out of our hair sometime Sunday.

Remember, all storms can be unpredictable and a late-season storm can be even more erratic. So stay on your toes.

The editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists and cartoonists are their own.

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