Hurricane Nate Speeding Toward New Orleans
By The Associated Press/West KY Star Staff
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Hurricane Nate has intensified over warm Gulf waters, and has picked up speed on a northward path toward New Orleans and the Gulf Shores area.

As of midday Saturday, Nate was about 100 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and moving north-northwest at about 25 miles per hour. That would work out for landfall on Saturday evening.

Hurricane warnings extend eastward to Mobile and Gulf Shores, and a tropical storm warning is in effect to Panama City and Port St. Joe.

In western Kentucky, local concerns about Nate's leftovers have eased, as the latest estimates put the lingering rains further east than previous outlooks. Thursday's "cone" of the probable path of the storm center had included parts of western Kentucky, but today's path estimate puts the center of Nate's remnants over the Great Smoky Mountains by Sunday evening, and quickly departing the Northeast by Tuesday.

Nate formed in the western Caribbean Sea and moved into Central America on Thursday. 

When Tropical Storm Nate formed and forecasts put New Orleans in its projected path, one big question loomed for residents and business owners: Will the pumps work?

“That’s now a thought in everybody who lives in New Orleans,” said Devin Shearman, a manager at Katie’s restaurant and lounge, which flooded during an unexpected rainstorm Aug. 5. It was one of two flash floods this past summer that led to revelations about personnel and equipment problems at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board, the agency that runs the pumping system that drains the city.

Published 12:54 PM, Saturday Oct. 07, 2017
Updated 03:22 PM, Sunday Oct. 08, 2017

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