Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Storm Nate pounds the Gulf Coast

Storm Nate pounds the Gulf Coast

Before reaching the Gulf of Mexico, Nate killed at least 30 people in Central America, the report said.

Hurricane Nate was a Category 1 storm on Saturday afternoon with sustained winds of 90 miles per hour before slamming into Louisiana, where The Associated Press reported rain and wind had already caused flooding and damage in low-lying areas before the storm system touched down.

Earlier on Friday, the hurricane "Nate" hooked on the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, where is located the popular resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. It will drop more rain on the Ohio Valley and continue into the Northeast before exiting ME on Tuesday. For the 8 a.m. advisory, Nate was a Tropical Storm with winds of 45 mph with gusts up to 85 mph, moving NNE at 23 mph.

Now that the system is over land, it has weakened to a tropical depression over central Alabama.

The latest update from the Storm Prediction Center highlights the tornado risk for our East Alabama counties (and Georgia to a certain extent) during the mid-morning through early evening Sunday.

At one point, more than 100,000 residents in MS and Alabama had lost electricity, according to the Associated Press. The storm made its initial landfall Saturday in a sparsely populated area of southeast Louisiana.

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The Costa Rican government has declared a state of emergency and Solis has called for global help.

The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief work, supplementing local and state work.

The storm, which made landfall twice in the U.S. Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, has been steadily declining in force.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -New Orleans' mayor is lifting a curfew as Hurricane Nate passes by and appears to spare the city known for its all-night partying.

But Katrina is better known for causing the widespread destruction of New Orleans in neighboring Louisiana that year. About 2,000 people were affected.

The NHC issued a hurricane watch from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border.

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The first floor of the parking lot of the Palace Casino also had flooding Saturday night. It appeared numerous outages had been restored within 24 hours. Nate then had maximum winds of 85 miles per hour.

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Power outages have surged across MS and Alabama. Have batteries. Have water.

A swath of heavy rain is expected to be the main impact going forward as the remnants of Nate stream northward and interact with a cold front. Portions of the northern Gulf Coast continue to experience elevated water levels but were expected to gradually subside Sunday afternoon.

Three to six inches of rainfall is expected in certain areas. Roads like the I-10 Causeway outside Mobile and the Dauphin Island Causeway and Bridge had been closed in anticipation of storm surge, but are now back open.

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