Tropical Storm Nate to bring heavy rain, humidity to Tennessee

(Fox 17 News)

SkyWatch 17 Meteorologists are keeping their eyes on Tropical Storm Nate as it heads towards the U.S. with heavy rains and humid temperatures.

Chief Meteorologist Katy Morgan said the storm is moving out of Central America on Thursday night to pass through the Gulf of Mexico and move onto the U.S. As a weak tropical storm in Central America, Nate brought torrential rains and wind gusts up to 40 mph.

Warm water in the Gulf of Mexico leaves the possibility for Nate to strengthen to a hurricane, but passing over many land masses leaves little room for the storm to strengthen past a Category 1 hurricane.

What this means for Tennessee

Preliminary tracks have Tropical Storm Nate making landfall in Louisiana before moving up through Tennessee. Regardless of where the storm lands, Tennessee will see rain from this system.

Middle Tennessee should expect a soaking rain with some area seeing 2-3 inches of rainfall by Monday. Because we've had so many dry days, widespread flooding is not expected but some ponding on the roads is possible.

The rain in expected to start on Sunday in Tennessee with the heaviest rain moving out by late Monday.

The heavy rain bring a low risk of severe weather with the possibility for strong wind, and an isolated spin-up tornado cannot be ruled out.

TDOT postponed a closure for bridge work on I-24 near downtown Nashville this weekend as Tropical Storm Nate moves though.

Temperatures will feel like mid-late July as the tropical system brings humidity to Tennessee too. After the storm moves out in the middle of next week, temperatures will drop back down into the mid-late 70s.

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