State Of Emergency Declared Across Southeastern US As Hurricane Nate Looms

Update (1 pm ET):  With Nate expected to strengthen into a category 2 storm by the time it makes landfall in southeastern Louisiana late Saturday, the NHC has expanded its storm warnings to include the part of the Florida panhandle east of the Okaloosa/Walton County Line to Indian Pass Florida, which is now under a tropical storm warning. Meanwhile, mandatory evacuations are set to begin in Port Fourchon, Louisiana at 12pm local time Saturday for remaining staff at the port, according to storm update by the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. This follows mandatory evacuation ordered by Lafourche Parish, La., President Jimmy Cantrelle for areas below floodgates in Golden Meadow, La. In addition, the US Coast Guard has suspended marine traffic activity as of 8 am local time for sector Mobile, which includes the ports of Gulfport and Pascagoula in Mississippi, Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Nate, according to an agency bulletin.

Staff at offshore oil rigs in the Gulf were ordered to evacuate, leaving nearly three-quarters of US Gulf of Mexico oil production was offline ahead of the storm. American Midstream Partners LP’s Destin gas pipeline and Enbridge Inc.’s Nautilus and Manta Ray lines are evacuating staff from Gulf platforms.


Thanks to Harvey, and now Nate, natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has plunged to the lowest level in three years. Gulf gas output may drop as much as 1.4 billion cubic feet a day, while 1.1 million barrels a day of offshore oil production and 3 million barrels of refining capacity are at risk, according to Shunondo Basu, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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After battering Honduras and Nicaragua with 80 mph winds and torrential rains that caused an estimated $250 million in damage, Hurricane Nate is rapidly advancing toward the US Gulf Coast and is expected to make landfall late Saturday in southeastern Louisiana, not far from where Hurricane Katrina landed in 2005. Experts expect that, once it's course, the storm will have caused as much as $1 billion in damages across the US and Central America, far short of the tens of billions of dollars of destruction wrought by Irma and Harvey.

The storm, packing winds of 85 mph and moving at a speed of 22 mph, is expected to reach category 2 strength before it makes landfall – the third storm to hit the US mainland in six weeks.  As a category 2, it’s expected to be weaker than Katrina was when it made landfall as a category 3 in 2005. As of 8 am ET, the storm was 245 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River, the National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. The quick-moving storm was expected to make landfall around Plaquemine Parish in Louisiana, southeast of New Orleans, just like Katrina did.

Fortunately for residents of New Orleans, Nate’s similarities to Katrina end there.  Nate is expected to cause only a fraction of the damage that Katrina wrought (though it wouldn’t be the first time this season that forecasters underestimated a Hurricane’s potential for devastation). Katrina brought a 24- to 28-foot (7.3- to 8.5-meter) storm surge with it that killed 1,800 people and flooded New Orleans. Nate’s surge is forecast to reach four to seven feet.

Like Irma and Harvey before it, meteorologists are amazed by Nate’s speed as it sprinted north-northwest away from Honduras at 22 mph, according to the NHC.

“I am amazed at how fast it is moving,” said Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. “It just lifted off Honduras and it is going to make landfall in New Orleans by tomorrow.”

Nate may dump as much as 6 inches of rain across U.S. Gulf Coast states, the eastern Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through the weekend, the hurricane center said. Some areas may get 10 inches, according to CNN.

With the memory of Katrina’s devastation still fresh in the minds of many residents, Louisiana has begun mandatory evacuations in areas near the levees in both New Orleans and Plaquemines Parish. President Trump on Friday declared an emergency in Louisiana ahead of Nate and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts.

New Orleans leaders issued a citywide mandatory curfew beginning at 7 pm Saturday and continuing into Sunday morning until "the severe weather has passed."

As reports, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the curfew during a Friday news conference about the coming storm.

At a certain point, officials expect weather conditions to make travel impossible for first-responders, even in answer to emergency calls.

Beyond New Orleans, some 18 million Gulf Coast residents were under threat as Hurricane Nate powered toward the mainland early Saturday, bringing with it rain and storm surges to parts of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida.

A hurricane warning is in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama, and preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion in these areas," the hurricane center said. "Life-threatening storm surge flooding is likely along portions of the northern Gulf Coast." A storm surge warning was in place from Morgan City, Louisiana to the Okaloosa-Walton county line in Florida.

Forecasters expect Nate’s winds will be particularly devastating. The storm's reach will be wide, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said, with strong winds affecting population centers from New Orleans to Panama City, Florida. Biloxi, Mississippi, could experience gusts of up to 100 mph as the storm tears down power lines. CNN says it could potentially leave one million people without power between eastern Louisiana and the Florida panhandle., according to Bloomberg.

The storm could also potentially drop 3 to 6 inches of rain, with 10 inches possible in some areas, from the central Gulf Coast north across the Deep South, the eastern Tennessee Valley and the southern Appalachians through Monday, the hurricane center said. Flash flooding like what was seen in Houston and Puerto Rico is a possibility.

The one upside of the storm’s aggressive pace is that it’s expected to pass quickly. Meteorologists expect it will be headed north across the Deep South, the eastern Tennessee Valley and the southern Appalachians.

"Once it hits land, it looks like it's going to be very quick to move out of the area and then weaken," CNN meteorologist Jennifer Varian said.

Already, the storm’s impact on commodity markets is shaping up to be similar to the impact that Harvey and Irma had.

Orange-juice futures rallied on speculation that Nate may damage crops. Drillers including BP Plc and Chevron Corp. evacuated and shut oil and gas platforms in the Gulf. Phillips 66 was said to have reduced refining rates at the Alliance plant south of New Orleans, and the U.S. Coast Guard limited vessel traffic in the region.

Platforms in the Gulf of Mexico account for about 17 percent of U.S. oil output and 4% of gas production. Roughly 45 percent of petroleum refining capacity is on the coast. Gulf gas output may drop as much as 1.4 billion cubic feet a day, according to Shunondo Basu, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Bracing for the storm, governors across the Southeast have declared states of emergency. Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency in 29 counties, and 7,000 members of the National Guard have been made available for deployment.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency and advised residents to restock their emergency kits and make an evacuation plan, Russia Today reports.

“By Saturday noon you should be in your safe place,” Ivey told a news conference. “This is a fast-moving storm and we must begin preparing now."


Duc888 Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:50 Permalink

  Cow farts....oh and tail pipe emissions.  That's my story and I'm stickin' with it.  Oh, wood stoves too, they're really bad.

TBT or not TBT stizazz Sat, 10/07/2017 - 13:42 Permalink

Disasters in Dem wrecked zones highlight the ravages of corruption and dependency, such as in Puerto Rico and New Orleans. Katrina actually didn’t hit New Orleans. Ravaged Alabama. But the humanitarian disaster was where it had in fact already been ongoing before the storm passed. In the corrupt dependentistan of Nawlins.

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Slack Jack TBT or not TBT Sat, 10/07/2017 - 14:25 Permalink

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record temperatures; Record-Setting Wildfires; ya think it might be global warming?


So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

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keep the basta… Slack Jack Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:55 Permalink

Of course you could not. find the Temperature records because they have topped, arctic sea ice has increased much in the last few years and record crop losses in US and mediterranean, Australia and grapefruit sized hailstones. It's a function of solar minimum. You are flogging an over the hill fantasy again that's been maintained. Global cooling is far scarier.

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Sparkey Slack Jack Sun, 10/08/2017 - 12:43 Permalink

Slack is a believer, when a believer has found their belief appeals to logic and reality have no effect except to. perhaps, reinforce their belief, belief in Climate change is virtue signaling, so to be symbolicaly martyered for your beliefs may increase you chances to get to Heaven,The following link will, in five minutes, immunize you from the mental disorder whereby you think the climate IS changing even though you really can't see it!

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mkkby J S Bach Sat, 10/07/2017 - 15:17 Permalink

The real danger is the cat 5 hurricane of obama sons who come out 10 minutes after any power outage. It's not just TVs they're after. It's murder and mayhem.

Rescue workers came under gunfire as they tried to assist victims of the Houston and Florida storms. The media won't report this but the stories are out there. Give Trayvon a wide berth if you are unfortunate enough to be living near them.

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TBT or not TBT rejected Sat, 10/07/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

In the 50’s stronger hurricanes ravaged the east coast. Sandy was not a particularly strong storm. And that shows the lack of resilience, once again, of Dem dominated polities and dependents. Government barely keeps up with its basic jobs, preferring more corrupt and vote buying type expenditures over the boring basics.

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TBT or not TBT redmudhooch Sat, 10/07/2017 - 13:51 Permalink

Entitlements and welfare have cost us far more than all our wars combined. They dwarf our war making. They are vote buying outright. The founders’ original design, with only the House of Representatives being directly elected, was meant to stop this rot where We The People figure out we can vote ourselves goodies from the public treasury. Straight outta da Federalist Papers. Sad!

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Ms No TBT or not TBT Sat, 10/07/2017 - 17:24 Permalink

In order to determine that we probably have to find out where all of the stolen trillions went (some right out of DOD).  Anybody have a total on the trillions missing since Sept 11?  It seems like it just keeps growing.  If ISIS is allegedly in 40+ countries this could have a massive black budget all of it's own.  45 million on food stamp while the prevent people from noticing that they are dismantling our economy sure isn't cheap either. 

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Geoengineering… Duc888 Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:19 Permalink "The climate engineering reality"Look at that "predicted" (pre-determined) path.  Right between Mexico and Cuba, so it stays over the ocean and gains strength.  Straight up into the Gulf and onto the US mainland.  Once again, being predicted with near certainty days ahead of time.  Taking the path of maximum possible destruction.  1,500 scientists surveyed unanimously refused to deny climate engineering on the record:… official sources deny the ongoing climate engineering, lab tests from around the world prove that the lethal heavy metal particles used in these programs are raining down on us all and contaminating every breath we take.  Get educated on this issue and share this information with others.…

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Green2Delta Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:55 Permalink

Mayor Landrieu seems pretty full of himself. I don't advocate running around outside during a hurricane if one doesn't have to. But for the mayor to say he and his minons will keep you safe as long as you do what he says is horseshit. Government only looks out for itself.