Nate weakens after second landfall on U.S. Gulf Coast
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 14:21 - Now downgraded to a tropical depression, then-category 1 Hurricane Nate made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River, just days after slamming Central America and leaving some two dozen people dead.
Packing maximum sustained winds of 86 mph, the storm came ashore near Biloxi, MS, around 12:30 a.m. CDT Sunday, causing major flooding overnight for parts of the Gulf Coast, including in Biloxi and Mobile. The storm also made an earlier landfall along the Mississippi coast, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, late Saturday night.
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The storm rapidly weakened as it plowed through the Deep South; by 10 a.m. CDT, the National Hurricane Center had stopped issuing tropical statements on the system. That said, the storm will still generate heavy rainfall as it tracks through the Tennessee Valley and central Appalachians through Monday. Flash flood and high wind watches are in place along its path, from southern Alabama stretching along the Piedmont into Virginia.
Coastal flood advisories are still in effect for parts of the Gulf Coast, where storm surge is still impacting the shoreline. Water levels should subside through Sunday afternoon.
Nate has the potential to produce 3 to 6 inches of rainfall, with isolated amounts of up to 10 inches possible for east of the Mississippi River from the central Gulf Coast into the Deep South, eastern Tennessee Valley, and southern Appalachians.
As the storm moves north, it will interact with a frontal boundary dipping down through the Ohio Valley, bringing rain and thunderstorms to parts of the Northeast, Northern Mid-Atlantic, and Ohio Valley through Monday evening.
The hurricane is the third to hit the continental U.S. in six weeks.
State of emergency declarations were made for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as well as for parts of Florida ahead of the storm. More than 140,000 customers were reported to be without power along the Gulf Coast in the wake of the storm's landfall.
The storm has already claimed the lives of at least 25 people across Central America as floodwaters and mudslides caused widespread destruction.