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Hurricane Nate threatens New Orleans, some residents evacuated

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New Orleans and the U.S. Gulf Coast are gearing up for possible flooding and winds ahead of Hurricane Nate's projected landfall this weekend.

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As the eye of Nate entered the southern Gulf of Mexico late Friday, the storm strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane.

The storm is 420 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River, in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

It's packing 80 miles per hour winds and moving northwest at 22 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters say Nate could continue to intensify before it makes landfall by late Saturday night into Sunday just east of New Orleans.

Hurricane warnings have been issued along the northern Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Lake Pontchartrain and Grand Island, Louisiana, eastward to the Alabama-Florida border.

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