Hurricane Nate updates and reminders

October 7, 2017 @ 7:20 a.m.

Tropical Storm Nate has strengthened to a Category 1 Hurricane. 

Category 1 Hurricane Nate continues to strengthen as it heads north- northwest toward the central Gulf of Mexico. It is forecast to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast overnight Saturday into early Sunday morning. Nate will approach the northern Gulf coast Saturday, and then move near or over the northern Gulf coast Saturday night or Sunday. 

Southeasterly gale force winds should start affecting the area on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. The highest wind speeds from Hurricane Nate should occur near 11 p.m. when top sustained winds, from the Southeast, could reach 44 MPH with gusts near 54 MPH. Winds should decrease below gale force 5 hours later.

Sustained winds will fall below gale force after 4 a.m. and generally be from the North during this period of decreasing winds. Expect gusts above gale force level for several more hours thereafter. 

Some minor residential wind damage may occur from Hurricane Nate in Pensacola. The total rainfall for the Pensacola area over the next 5 days is forecast to be 3.7 inches. This can vary significantly as tropical storm and hurricane rainfall is very difficult to predict.

The threat of tornadoes will exist along the center of the storm and east of the center Saturday through midday Sunday. Long period swells reaching area beaches will result in a high rip current risk and increasing surf heights. 

It is vital that residents monitor our local media for the most up-to-date forecasts several times a day and follow any safety directives from Escambia County Emergency Management officials. The NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center has maintained its 90% chance of a tropical or subtropical cyclone developing in the next 5 days, with an 80% chance of development in the next 48 hours.

City officials are aware of the weather forecast and we are taking necessary precautions. We are also reminding residents to be mindful of any impending weather forecasts. Public Works and Facilities crews will continue to be out prior to any weather events as part of normal precautionary operations. We will continue to monitor and provide updates as they become available.If you see a storm drain that appears to be obstructed, please remove the obstruction. As an additional reminder be sure to also report non-emergency related issues to Pensacola 311. Below is a list of additional resources that can keep you up to date and connected to health and safety services.

City Notifications - http://cityofpensacola.com/List.aspx

Escambia County Emergency Management - https://www.facebook.com/bereadyec/

National Weather Service - http://www.weather.gov/

Weather Radar - http://weartv.com/weather/radar

Pensacola 311 

Now citizens have three easy ways to contact 311 -- simply dialing 311, visiting this website, or by downloading our Pensacola 311 mobile app, available for iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry. Non-Emergencies Only - Pensacola 311 is designed to handle non-emergency issues only. If you require emergency assistance, please utilize one of the following numbers:

Fire/Police/Emergency Medical Services: 911
Pensacola Energy: 850-474-5300
Sanitation Department: 850-435-1890

Additional Information from the National Weather Service

It never hurts to be prepared during hurricane season! Now is a perfect time to look over your hurricane preparedness list and make sure your supplies are well-stocked. If you are heading to the grocery store this weekend, go ahead and update your emergency kit by adding extra food and water (for you, your family AND your pets) to your list!
The tropical preparedness webpage has a ton of links with information and preparedness tips tailored to our area: www.weather.gov/mob/tropical#Preparedness
Bookmark the new tropical forecast webpage: www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=mob
Bookmark the National Hurricane Center webpage for Tropical Weather Outlook updates: www.hurricanes.gov

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