Hurricane Nate, the latest storm to form in the Atlantic amid an already devastating hurricane season, weakened to a tropical storm Sunday morning after it made landfall twice, the National Hurricane Center said.
As of Sunday morning, the tropical storm currently had sustained winds of 45 mph as it moves inland in Alabama at 23 mph. On Saturday evening, the then-Category 1 hurricane hit the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana then later hit near Biloxi, Miss., bringing life-threatening flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center. When Hurricane Nate first made landfall, it had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
The National Hurricane Center is expecting five to eight feet of flooding along the Mississippi coast on Sunday and heavy rainfall in the central Gulf Coast, Deep South, eastern Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians. The fast-moving storm is expected to move northeast over the next several days.
This hurricane is the first to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, leaving more than 1,800 people dead and causing $100 billion in damages.