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UPDATE: Nate becomes a hurricane as it approaches southern Gulf

Nate forecast track (11:30pm 10/06/2017)
Posted at 11:32 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 23:32:00-04

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- An Air Force reconnaissance mission observed hurricane-force winds, allowing Nate to be upgraded late Friday night to a category 1 hurricane as it enters the far southern Gulf of Mexico.

Highest winds are estimated at 75 mph, with gusts up to 85 mph.  Nate is moving swiftly to the north-northwest at 22 mph.

A projected landfall along the Mississippi or Alabama Gulf coast is likely Saturday night as a stronger category 1 hurricane, with some additional intensification possible.