Louisiana’s governor has ordered 1,300 National Guard troops to be on the ready, some of whom will help the city to monitor its pumping stations. Offshore oil and gas operators have evacuated personnel from six oil and natural gas production platforms in the Gulf, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.


As noted, the storm is forecast to make landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula by Friday evening. The region—home to the Mayan Riviera strip of vacation resorts—is bracing for upwards of eight inches of rain. This area is also home to the Great Mayan Reef, a marine region that stretches for over 620 miles from Isla Contoy down to Belize (only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is larger). Sadly, there’s a chance this natural treasure could be damaged by Nate.

It’s important to point out that these are all early projections. As Harvey, Irma, and Maria showed, these storms have a mind of their own, and they could care less what the computer models say. If you live in these areas, be sure to keep on top of local reports as they come in.


Update: NOAA’s maps were updated at 11:20 pm ET to reflect new projections.

[NOAA, Weather Underground]