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Posted on: October 7, 2017

Hurricane Nate intensifies, local storm threats elevated

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 Hurricane Nate has shown significant intensification overnight with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph as of the 6 a.m. CST advisory from the National Weather Service (NWS). Additional intensification is expected as the storm rapidly approaches the northern Gulf Coast. Nate is forecast to make landfall as at least a Category 1 hurricane late Saturday or early Sunday morning.

The threat for potentially life-threatening local storm impacts has increased along with the storm’s intensification. According to the NWS, local storm impacts are expected to include:

  • Winds – Hurricane force (75 mph and greater)
  • Storm Surge – 5 to 9 feet above normally dry ground
  • Rain – 3 to 6 inches

Citizens are strongly urged to take all necessary precautions to protect themselves and their property. All final preparations should be completed now as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly during the day Saturday.

The City of Gulf Shores, in conjunction with the City of Orange Beach, will enforce a mandatory curfew beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Sunday. This curfew is in place for the safety of citizens due to expected hurricane force winds during this time. All vehicles should stay off of roadways until the curfew has expired. Local businesses are asked to prepare and adjust for proper closing times to allow for employees to return home safely before the curfew begins.

The following areas are now closed to the public until further notice:

  • Gulf waters
  • Gulf Shores public beaches and beach parking areas
  • Gulf State Park pier
  • All City facilities
  • Jack Edwards National Airport (beginning at 8 p.m.)

City officials will continue to actively monitor developments with Tropical Storm Nate and will provide updates as they are available. Visit and sign up to receive text or email alerts with the latest updates from the City of Gulf Shores.

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