timberland uk store locator Hurricane Nate crashes into Louisiana with winds of 85 miles per hour after killing 30 in Central America
Hurricane Nate crashes into Louisiana with winds of 85 miles per hour after killing 30 in Central AmericaNate is the fourth major storm to strike the UK in less than two months03:37, 8 OCT 2017Updated04:33, 8 OCT 2017Hurricane Nate has made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana as a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 miles per hour on Saturday evening.
The storm threatens parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama with torrential rain and flooding.
Nate, the fourth major storm to strike the United States in less than two months, killed at least 30 people in Central America before entering the warm waters of the Gulf and bearing down on the US South.
The hurricane warning for New Orleans had been changed to a tropical storm warning.
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A hurricane warning remained in effect for the Gulf Coast from Grand Isle Louisiana to the Alabama Florida border, according to the National Weather Service.
“We’re in the fight now. The storm is on us,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a briefing on Saturday afternoon, adding that conditions were expected to rapidly deteriorate. Central time, moving north northwest at 23 mph (37 kph), the NHC said.
Florida, Louisiana and Texas are still recovering from destructive damaged caused by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
US officials have declared a state of emergency in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi as well as the city of New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
New Orleans residents were evacuated on Friday in preparation for the storm.
Mr Landrieu warned winds could cause significant power outages and storm surges are projected to up to nine feet high.
Not another one? Hurricane Nate expected to hit US coast this weekend after killing 3 in Costa RicaNate will mark the fourth major storm to slam the United States in the current hurricane season, following Harvey, Irma and Maria, which devastated Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, respectively.
But as a Category 1 or 2, the weakest in the five category ranking used by meteorologists, Nate may not pack the same punch as its predecessors.
Major shipping ports across the central US Gulf Coast were closed to inbound and outbound traffic on Saturday, as Nate intensified and storm surges of up 11 feet (3.74 m) were expected at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
In Honduras, residents wondered whether they would have to flee.
Norma Chavez and her two children anxiously watched a river rise outside their home in Tegucigalpa, the capital.
“We are worried that it will grow more and carry away the house,” said Chavez, 45.
Through Monday, Nate is expected to produce two to four inches (5 to 10 cm) more rain in eastern Yucatan and western Cuba and three to six inches (8 to 15 inches) in the US central Gulf Coast.