Nate makes landfall near mouth of Mississippi River

By Danny Treanor - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Hurricane Nate stayed at least 300 miles west of Central Florida, but the area is still feeling some of its impact.

Nate is dragging some moisture from the Atlantic across Central Florida, which is combining with the 90-degree heat of the day and keeping the chance of rain around 60 percent. That chance is expected to drop steadily beginning Monday.

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Nate, which made landfall Saturday night near the mouth of the Mississippi River, is moving northward at 20 mph.

The storm's outer bands reached the Louisiana coast early Saturday afternoon. The National Hurricane Center said strengthening now appears unlikely before Nate's center reaches the Mississippi coast.

Wind and rain from Nate pounded Grand Isle and Port Sulphur, Louisiana, as the storm, with sustained winds of 85 mph, sprinted toward land. It was still a Category 1 storm at 11 p.m., when the hurricane center issued its most recent advisory.

"As Nate moves into the interior of the USA, it will bring drier air into Central Florida and drop the chance of rain down of the entire upcoming week," News 6 weather anchor Danny Treanor said.

Saturday has been warm, breezy and filled with mixed skies, and a similar weather pattern is expected Sunday.

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Some showers will continue past sunset Saturday night and temperatures will eventually drop to the low to mid-70s.

Sunday will be much like Saturday, with a 60 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs will once again be near 90 degrees and the coastal areas will have winds up to 15 mph.

"Rain chances drop to 20 percent by Wednesday, allowing some of the rivers and streams to go down," Treanor said.

A river flood warning remains in effect for the Saint Johns River near Cocoa, above Lake Harney, near Geneva, near Sanford, near DeLand and at Astor.

CNN contributed to this report.

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