Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Hurricane Nate Weakens After Striking Gulf Coast

Hurricane Nate Weakens After Striking Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Nate has slammed into the MS coast with powerful winds and torrential rains that flooded streets and highways throughout the region as the fast-moving former hurricane was expected to rapidly weaken as it moved inland. Portions of the northern Gulf Coast continue to experience elevated water levels but were expected to gradually subside Sunday afternoon.

The storm's centre will move inland over MS and across the deep south, Tennessee Valley and Central Appalachian Mountains through Monday, the National Hurricane Centre said.

But Katrina is better known for causing the widespread destruction of New Orleans in neighboring Louisiana that year.

Nate will likely turn toward the northeast and is expected to increase in forward speed during the next couple of days.

Nate killed at least 25 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras, but no deaths or injuries were reported in the US.

The landfall on Sunday was Nate's second.

The streets were not as crowded as a typical Saturday night.

President Trump approved an emergency declaration for MS on Saturday as Category 1 Hurricane Nate made landfall in southeast Louisiana.

Nate was weakened to a tropical storm Sunday morning around 5 a.m.

States of emergency were declared in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The surges also caused flooding at Biloxi's Golden Nugget Casino. Nate's center will make a second landfall along the coast of MS later Saturday.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the four hurricanes that have struck the U.S. and its territories this year have "strained" resources, with roughly 85 percent of the agency's forces deployed. Nate's fast forward speed after landfall will bring tropical storm force winds inland across portions of the southeastern U.S.

The risk area includes the entire Chattahoochee Valley with a slightly better chance in our East Alabama counties (those closer to the center of Nate).

Power outages reached more than 100,000 for these states, a DOE report stated, and a combined 60,000 homes were still without power as of Sunday night.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged residents to prepare for Nate as if it were a much stronger storm. However, if weather experts are to be believed, storm surge does remain over the region.

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