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  • Hurricane Nate (now Tropical Storm) lashes Biloxi, Mississippi Saturday night.

    Hurricane Nate (now Tropical Storm) lashes Biloxi, Mississippi Saturday night. | Photo: AFP

Published 7 October 2017

Nate made landfall, in Louisiana, as a Category 1 Hurricane but was later downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

Tropical Storm Nate made landfall twice in the United States. The storm, which was packing winds of about 85 miles per hour, drenched Louisiana as a Category 1 system before being downgraded to a tropical storm and heading to Mississippi. 

Multiple reports, from meteorologists and emergency response officials, have warned residents to remain indoors until morning.  The U.S. based National Hurricane Center issued several warnings of major flooding as Nate continued to move further inland.

According to the hurricane center, the storm surge could reach up to 8 feet in Mississippi. Approximately 267,000 customers lost power in the state, 50,000 in Alabama and 3,600 in Florida's Panhandle region.

Alabama also experienced the downpour. Nate will likely splash up to 10 inches of rain on some parts of the south.

The system wrought a path of destruction across Central America with the highest death toll reported in Nicaragua, where at least 16 people lost their lives. Almost 6,000 homes have been damaged, and 30,000 people have been affected by landslides and flooding in Central America.

The Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said 56 medical brigades and 544 health workers have been sent to the departments of Madriz, Nueva Segovia, Esteli, Leon, Chinandega, Managua and Carazo.

Before the storm hit, the country had already suffered two weeks of heavy rainfall which left the ground saturated.

In neighboring Costa Rica, the President Luis Guillermo Solis said the rains have created the greatest crisis in the country's history.

Nate claimed the lives of 11 people there and more than 11,000 people are now homeless.

"It started to lower the water and that allows us to visualize rivers and, in a preliminary sense, to begin to measure the greatest crisis Costa Rica has had in its recorded history. It is not a small thing and therefore we need that valuation that will allow us to evaluate the costs and how we will collect those resources," Solis said.

He also posted scenes of the Red Cross helping those most in need on his Twitter account.

The Costa Rican Government declared a state of emergency and Solis has called for international help.

In Honduras, two people were killed and another two died in El Salvador.

A state of emergency has been declared for more than two dozen Florida counties and for the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has imposed a curfew in the city from 7 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. local time on Sunday, and urged residents as well as tourists to take shelter overnight, when the worst conditions are expected.

 

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