Some rain and gusty wind is expected over West Louisiana Saturday evening and night as what is forecast to be Hurricane Nate crosses southeastern Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center said at mid-day that Nate had winds near 90 mph, with strengthening expected in the afternoon. In late morning, the storm was about 180 miles south of the Mississippi River.

Its projected path had New Orleans and other communities in Southeast Louisiana quickly preparing for landfall.

Nate formed almost overnight earlier this week off the coast of Central America, pounded the Yucatan Peninsula and then took aim for the Gulf Coast.

The Hurricane Center noted at mid-day Saturday conditions were favorable for Nate’s continued strengthening into Category 2, then weakening rapidly after landfall and turning toward the Atlantic Coast.