Columbus Day Weekend could end on a soggy note, according to the National Hurricane Center, which projects that the remnants of Hurricane Nate could strike Connecticut late Sunday night into Monday morning.
As of 11:30 p.m. Friday, Nate was with clocked maximum winds at 80 mph “with higher gusts” expected, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
The National Hurricane Center said that Connecticut could see the effect of Nate, which was upgraded to Category 1 hurricane overnight Friday, before the end of Columbus Day Weekend. The storm is expected to affect parts of southwestern Connecticut as early as late Sunday into Monday morning.
The National Hurricane Center estimates that parts of Western Connecticut could experience between 1-2” of rainfall and winds of up to 30 mph.
Nate is currently barreling toward the central part of the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall in Louisiana around 1 a.m. Sunday. There are hurricane warnings in effect from Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama and Florida border, with winds expected to increase by the time it hits the mainland.
The storm should weaken rapidly once it strikes land, however.
“After landfall, weakening is anticipated and Nate is forecast to dissipate in 96 hours or sooner,” said the National Hurricane Center.
Today: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. and mostly sunny afterward, with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers after 3 a.m. Areas of fog after 3 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind around 10 mph.
Sunday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11 a.m. Areas of fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. South wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 72. South wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Monday Night: Showers likely. The rain could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.