October 7, 2017 1:05 am
Updated: October 7, 2017 1:07 am

Hurricane Nate, formerly Tropical Storm Nate, approaches U.S. Gulf Coast with 120 km/h winds

A map that shows the trajectory of winds associated with Hurricane Nate on Oct. 6, 2017.

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The system formerly known as Tropical Storm Nate is now a Category 1 hurricane that could hit the U.S. Gulf Coast on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Friday night.

The storm is on a trajectory to hit area such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida with tropical storm-force winds on Saturday afternoon before it keeps travelling north through states including Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and more.

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Hurricane Nate currently carries maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h.

The strongest winds are expected to blow through the Gulf of Mexico and weaken as they reach the mainland. Strong winds are projected to hit the costs of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in particular.

READ MORE: Tropical Storm Nate kills 21 in Central America, now headed to U.S. Gulf Coast

Before it became a hurricane, Tropical Storm Nate was blamed for at least 21 deaths in Central America.

As many as 11 people died in Nicaragua, while an estimated seven were dead in Costa Rica.

Officials in Mississippi and Louisiana have declared states of emergency in anticipation of the storm.

Life-threatening storm surges could hit along the northern Gulf Coast; warnings are in effect for areas from Morgan City, La. to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida, said the NHC.

  • With files from The Associated Press

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