An abandoned boat takes on water on the Mississippi Gulf Coast - Image courtesy of NY Post
Hurricane Nate made landfall Saturday night as a Category 1 hurricane, packing winds of 85 MPH. Nate follows a slew of major storms, some of which have been historic. With record-setting floods and maximum sustained winds, these storms are a reminder that we need to stay prepared, and remain alert once an event is forecasted.
While Nate may not have the record-breaking numbers that Harvey, Irma, or Maria did, it’s still important to stay ready and proactive. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is far from over, and we’ll continue to see events of varying intensity. And although Nate weakened as it made its way inland, flooding and high storm surge have become a reality. Here’s what we know so far, and here’s what you can do:Stats and Facts:
- Made landfall as Category 1 storm at 85 MPH
- About 90% of oil and gas production shut down in the Gulf Coast
- 100,000 homes and businesses out of power
- $4 billion in losses possible in the Gulf Coast
- U.S. insured losses estimated at $500 million
- At least 30 dead
- 3-6 inches of rain forecasted, with 10 inches in isolated areas
- 5-8 feet of storm surge forecasted near Alabama-Mississippi border
- National Hurricane Center (NHC): Provides maps and data for this event, offering views such as wind speed, storm surge, rainfall, and multiple-day forecasts.
- CNN Weather: Reports on events live, updating their site as the storm develops. They also inform their readers when the next update will be available.
- The Weather Channel: Helps people understand what’s currently going on with Nate and provides future forecasts. As simple as it may sound, check The Weather Channel.
Prep and Plan:
- Ready.gov: Know your evacuation zones, prepare your home or business for flooding, make a plan for an event, and get involved in your community to take action.
Emergency Alerts and Warnings:
- Ready.gov alerts: Public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters. This page describes different warning alerts you can receive and the types of devices that receive the alerts.