Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Nate moves closer to MS coast

Nate moves closer to MS coast

Residents in areas outside New Orleans' levee system were evacuated and the city was placed under a curfew from 7pm. The center added metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain to its latest hurricane warning.

The good news, meteorologists say, is Nate should pass quickly and move on to the east, northeast.

It is the first time a hurricane has made landfall in MS since Katrina caused widespread flooding and loss of life in 2005.

New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu said: "We have been through this many, many times".

The storm made its first landfall in a sparsely populated area of southeast Louisiana. It could hit the U.S. Gulf coast near New Orleans.

Hancock County Emergency Management Agency director Brian Adam said Nate's storm surge flooded roads in low-lying areas, but he had not heard any reports of flooded homes. Flooding drove 5,000 residents into emergency shelters.

Residents are stocking up before the storm and others in high-risk areas are being told to leave.

It was later downgraded to a tropical storm as it moved inland over MS and Alabama. One man shared a video of hundreds of catfish lying on a road in MS after sea waters rose along the US Gulf Coast.

Between four and eight inches of rain will fall from far southern MS and northern and western Alabama to northern Georgia, middle and eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and the Virginia Panhandle, AccuWeather forecast.

Major shipping ports across the central U.S. Gulf Coast were closed to inbound and outbound traffic on Saturday, as Nate intensified and storm surges of up to 11 feet were expected at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The government said that about 92 percent of the total Gulf oil production and 77 percent of the natural gas production was offline because of the impact from Nate.

Before heading north into the Gulf, Nate brushed Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, home to beach resorts such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen, the hurricane center said.

According to local media, as of 9 October at 6.00 UTC, it has caused at least 38 deaths: 16 in Nicaragua, 11 in Costa Rica, seven in Panama, three in Honduras and one in El Salvador.

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