Tropical Storm Nate is heading towards the US

Posted at 11:58 AM, Oct 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 18:40:53-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Hurricane season runs through November 30, and although activity has slowed down in the past 10 days, it has not ceased.  An area of disturbed weather near Central America developed into Tropical Depression 16.  It became Tropical Storm Nate Thursday morning.

The forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings Nate near the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday, and then into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.  As of now, it looks like Nate may make a landfall close to New Orleans Sunday morning, possibly as a hurricane.

The spread of computer models has narrowed a bit, with the majority of them targeting eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

The remnants will track northwest of Virginia early next week.   Heavy rain will occur from the Gulf coast up through the Tennessee River Valley and the mountains.

The storm will weaken rapidly once it makes landfall, and the remnants should impact Virginia Sunday into Monday with rain.  This will be beneficial rain, since we are running over three inches below normal since September 1.  It looks like the western parts of the state have the best chance of seeing over an inch of rain. 

We will continue to have additional updates in the CBS 6 Hurricane Tracker.

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