As Category 1 Hurricane Nate moves in the Gulf of Mexico at a storm sprint toward land, parts of the Florida Panhandle remain under hurricane watch, storm surge warning and tropical storm warning.
The 8 a.m. National Weather Service advisory keeps Florida’s two westernmost counties, Escambia (county seat Pensacola) and Okaloosa (which has Fort Walton Beach), under those three weather alerts. There’s a tropical storm and storm surge watch from the county line between Okaloosa and Walton coutnies to Indian Pass.
Nate is about 245 miles south-southeast of the Mississippi River and hustling at 22 mph north-northwest with 85 mph sustained winds. Hurricane force winds extend 35 miles from its center and tropical storm force winds can still be found 125 miles from the center.