UPDATE – 8 p.m., Saturday … The National Weather Service allowed the Tropical Storm Watch to expire at 7:30 p.m. No Watches or Warnings are in effect for Coweta County.

From Staff Reports

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Northwest Georgia, including Coweta County.

Hurricane Nate continues to progress north-northwest over the central Gulf of Mexico today at 22 mph and is expected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast late tonight, probably between Biloxi, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. At 6 a.m., wind is at 80 mph close to the eye of the hurricane.

The storm will then weaken to a tropical storm and lift northeast across portions of North Georgia late Sunday into Sunday night. Please note that impacts from heavy rain and potential tornadoes will precede the most significant winds with this system and are possible as early as this evening.

During the height of the storm, winds of 30 to 40 mph will be possible with gusts as high as 50 mph across far northwest Georgia. Storm total rainfall is expected to be on the order of 3 to 6 inches across along and north of the I-85 corridor with locally higher amounts possible.

Here in Coweta County, the National Weather Service says winds will be in the 15-20 mph range sustained, with gusts to 30 mph. Rainfall amounts will be in the 1-3 inch range with higher amounts possible.