BREAKING: Hurricane Nate Makes Landfall in U.S.



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From FoxNews
Hurricane Nate made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River Saturday evening as a Category 1 storm with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour.
As of 8 p.m. ET, Nate was located about 10 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River and about 100 miles south of Biloxi, Miss. Nate was a Category 1 storm with maximum winds of 90 mph. Forecasters also said Nate could dump 3 to 6 inches of rain on the region — with isolated totals of up to 10 inches.
Mississippi’s six southern-most counties declared a state of emergency, with the state’s emergency management director calling Nate “the worst hurricane that has impacted Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina.”
“Everyone needs to understand that,” Lee Smithson told reporters. “this is a significantly dangerous situation.”
Nate was expected to pass to the east of New Orleans, sparing the city its most ferocious winds and storm surge. However, the storm could pose a major test for the city’s fragile pumping and drainage system. Key weaknesses – including the failure of some pumps and power-generating turbines – were exposed after an Aug. 5 deluge flooded homes and businesses in some sections of the city. City officials imposed a 7 p.m. curfew for Saturday.
On Alabama’s Dauphin Island, water had already begun washing over the road Saturday on the island’s low-lying west end, said Mayor Jeff Collier. The storm was projected to bring storm surges from seven to 11 feet near the Alabama-Mississippi state line. Some of the biggest impacts could be at the top of funnel-shaped Mobile Bay.
The window for preparing “is quickly closing,” Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Hastings said.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned residents of the Panhandle to prepare for Nate’s impact.
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