Hurricane Nate makes landfall as Category 1 storm


Hurricane Nate made landfall as a Category 1 storm near the Mississippi River on the Southeastern Louisiana coast, about 7 p.m. central time Saturday evening, with winds of 85 mph.

A video of a massive waterspout seen approaching the coast in Alabama was posted on social media, and tornado warnings have been issued for the affected areas as the storm moves ashore.

The National Weather Service office based in New Orleans had warned the city’s residents and those who live elsewhere along the Gulf Coast. In a dire tweet issued on Saturday morning, they urged, “Preparations along the Gulf Coast should be RUSHED TO COMPLETION this morning! Conditions deteriorate quickly this afternoon!!”

States of emergency were declared in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Hurricane force winds, and even isolated tornadoes were anticipated, and President Trump approved an emergency declaration for Louisiana in advance, freeing up federal resources.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency on Thursday, and on Friday, some evacuations in his city were underway. The city is bracing for possible flooding as parts of the city’s drainage system are not in full working order.

“We are in a stronger place w/ power and pumps. But, if #Nate produces large amount of rainfall, we could see some localized flooding,” Landrieu tweeted Friday.

Nate has been tied to at least 25 deaths in Central America so far. Forecasters believe Nate will weaken back into a tropical storm relatively quickly once it makes landfall over the U.S., and unlike the remnants of Hurricane Harvey, which sat and dumped rain on Texas and Louisiana, will move quickly up the interior eastern U.S., bringing rain to places that have been experiencing drought conditions.The remnants of the impending hurricane are then expected to veer east toward Pennsylvania and even Washington, D.C., according to the latest NHC forecast cone.


Curfews set earlier for New Orleans were being ignored and not enforced.



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