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NHC: Nate expected to make Gulf Coast landfall as Category 2 hurricane

Steamy Saturday ahead for Central Florida


ORLANDO, Fla. – It's going to be a steamy Saturday afternoon complete with rain in Central Florida. 

Expect more clouds with peeks of sunshine for the first half of the day.

"High temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s will feel like the triple digits when you factor in the humidity," News 6 meteorologist Samara Cokinos said.

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There is a 60 percent coverage of rain in Central Florida. Showers and thunderstorms will develop Saturday afternoon and become more scattered later in the day. 

"Light to moderate rain is expected, but there's enough moisture around that a thunderstorm could produce heavy rain at times," Cokinos said.

It will be cloudy overnight, bringing a few evening showers. Lows will fall to the mid-70s, with patchy fog possible early tomorrow morning. 

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Pinpointing the tropics:

Tropical Storm Nate was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane Friday night, but officials with the National Hurricane Center said Saturday morning that the storm was expected to be a Category 2 hurricane when it makes landfall overnight southeast of New Orleans.

Packing winds of 85 mph and moving at 22 mph, the Category 1 hurricane was 245 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River at 11 a.m., the NHC said in its latest advisory.

The quick-moving storm was expected to bring sustained winds of 90 mph and could make landfall around Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana, southeast of New Orleans. That's near where Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, made landfall in 2005.

Some mandatory evacuations had been ordered in areas outside levees in New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. President Trump on Friday declared an emergency in Louisiana ahead of Nate and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts.

Check back for the latest developments on Hurricane Nate as they unfold.

CNN contributed to this report.


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