(ABC News) Hurricane Nate is threatening to slam into the Gulf Coast as a Category 2 storm on Saturday, prompting Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to declare states of emergency as they order evacuations and mobilize resources in preparation.
Nate was racing toward the U.S. coastline at 25 mph as of Saturday afternoon, with maximum sustained 90 mph winds as it churned about 195 miles south of Biloxi, Mississippi. Its wind speed made it a Category 1 hurricane with the expectation that it would strengthen into a Category 2 by the afternoon prior to making landfall along the central U.S. Gulf Coast later this evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm's strongest winds are expected to be directly north and east from the eye of the storm. Tornadoes and flash floods are a "real concern" as the storm roars ashore and moves inland, according to ABC News meteorologist Daniel Manzo.
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