Hurricane Nate Makes Landfall in United States as Category 1 Storm

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The storm left flooding and power outages in its wake, but the southern US was spared the kind of catastrophic damage that hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria had wreaked on several states and Caribbean islands in recent weeks.

But the city has avoided the worst of the winds and storm surge as Nate passed east.

The center warned that "the combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline". According to the US National Hurricane Center, as of 1:00 p.m. Montgomery time (18:00 GMT) on Sunday, Hurricane Nate has weakened to a tropical depression.

Nate is the first hurricane to make landfall in MS since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The hurricane center said Nate should turn more to the northeast and pick up speed today, which will continue to take it across Alabama.

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

Five ports along the Gulf Coast were closed as a precaution and most oil and gas platforms evacuated their staff before the hurricane hit.

- Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border...1 ft.to 3 ft.

Fortner said the rain Charlotteans felt on Saturday was not related to Hurricane Nate's track.

For Charlotte... the center of the storm is far enough west that our rain amounts will be much lower.

The remnants of Nate will bring us more showers Monday into Tuesday.

"The main concern is inundation flooding from previous heavy rains until water levels recede", the weather service said.

So places like Biloxi & Pascagoula MS, along with Mobile, AL stand to see the highest winds and storm surge.

Nate packed maximum sustained winds of 130km/h and was about 675km south-southeast of the MS river on Saturday as it was expected to strengthen, the NHC said.

Nate killed 13 people in Nicaragua, eight in Costa Rica, three in Honduras and one in El Salvador.

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