By Steve Dellar  |  10-08-2017   News
Photo credit: Twitter @JBrannanWLOX

Another hurricane made US landfall, this time Nate, near the mouth of the Mississippi River on the South-Eastern Louisiana coast. Not as strong as Harvey, Irma or Maria, but still a force to be reckoned with. A second landfall is expected soon near Biloxi.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Praying for everyone in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HurricaneNate%D9%90?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HurricaneNate</a> &#39;s path. The storm surge is devouring this parking garage in Biloxi! 👇🏻🙏🏻<a href="https://t.co/qtfJpwAfaF">pic.twitter.com/qtfJpwAfaF</a></p>&mdash; Corryn 🇺🇸 (@Corrynmb) <a href="https://twitter.com/Corrynmb/status/916889992227643397?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 8, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards: "No one should take this storm lightly. We do want people to be very, very cautious and to not take this storm for granted."

Concerns about Nate turning into a Category 2 or even 3 hurricane had made officials in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida declare states of emergency, order evacuations and issue curfews, but it would now seem that Nate is not as strong as expected.

Nate will spread further inland on Sunday and expectations are that it will weaken and become a tropical storm by Sunday night. Heavy rain and flash flooding will still be a concern.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Getting very strong gusts here in Gulfport! Probably close to - if not hurricane force!

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nate?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/mswx?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#mswx</a> <a href="https://t.co/LsSY3bVsdL">pic.twitter.com/LsSY3bVsdL</a></p>&mdash; Jake Eshpeter (@JakeEshpeterWX) <a href="https://twitter.com/JakeEshpeterWX/status/916857015443607552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 8, 2017</a></blockquote>

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As we had told you earlier this week, Nate caused the deaths of 22 people in Central America.

That story here:

https://thegoldwater.com/news/9243-Storm-Nate-Kills-22-Heads-to-New-Orleans

Flooding of 7 to 11 feet is forecast for some parts of southeast Louisiana as well as along the Mississippi coast. A tornado watch has also been issued.

States of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama all issued warnings to local residents ahead of the storm's landfall.

Mike Brennan, senior hurricane specialist with the National Hurricane Center:

"Everybody in this area needs to prepare for hurricane-force winds. We are very concerned about storm surge."

Source:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/07/556334601/hurricane-nate-strengthens-as-its-eye-focuses-on-u-s-gulf-coast

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