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Nate Downgraded to Tropical Depression As Storm Moves Inland

As of the October 8, 2017 10:00 am CDT update, the NOAA National Hurricane Center reported that Nate weakened to be a Tropical Depression as the storm moves inland. It’s predicted that Nate will continue to bring heavy rains across many states throughout the eastern United States until Tuesday, October 10.

National Hurricane Center Tropical Depression Nate Expected Rains in U.S.

Hazards Affecting Land

Here’s the breakdown from the NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) 10:00 AM CDT, October 8, 2017 Update of hazards to be aware of:

  • Wind: Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are expected over the Florida Panhandle, and portions of Alabama and Georgia through this afternoon.
  • Storm Surge: Water levels remain elevated along portions of the northern Gulf coast, but should gradually subside this afternoon.
  • Rainfall: Nate is expected to produce the following rain accumulations through Monday
    • East of the Mississippi River from the central Gulf Coast into the Deep South, eastern Tennessee Valley, and southern Appalachians: 3 to 6 inches, max 10 inches
    • Across the Ohio Valley into the central Appalachians: 2 to 5 inches, max 7 inches.
  • Tornadoes: A couple tornadoes will be possible today, mainly from the Florida Panhandle and eastern Alabama across western and northern Georgia into the western Carolinas.
  • Surf: Swells generated by Nate will affect land areas around the Gulf of Mexico through this evening. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.
  • For all current updates, please refer to products from your local weather service.


For the continental U.S. and U.S. territories alone, four named hurricanes have made landfall thus far in the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts until November 30.


  • Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate have left many long days (and years) of recovery ahead to the impacted areas, to aid in these efforts, consider some of the organizations below:
    • American Red Cross : link
    • Americares: link
    • Team Rubicon: link
  • FEMA Assistance: Link
  • If entering a flooded area or returning to a flooded property, consult the Red Cross Returning Home Checklist and use extreme caution if approaching flood waters.
CDC’s Message – Turn Around, Don’t Drown
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: link
  • Remember, Ready.gov provides information on how to prepare for a storm and how to keep you and your family safe: link

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