Nate Weakens to Tropical Depression

  • Nate Weakens to Tropical Depression

Nate Weakens to Tropical Depression

Locally, southerly winds will remain below tropical storm force, but will average about 10-20 miles per hour, and slightly higher at the coast.

A tornado watch is in effect for Jackson and George Counties until 2 a.m. Due to the storm, strong winds, torrential rain as well as some flooding has been seen in Gulf coastal parts of the United States.

Winds will remain on the high side through the afternoon. MEMA said they also have workers assessing the damage of the impacted areas.

Nate, the hurricane that barreled into the US coast along the Gulf of Mexico, weakened into a tropical depression on Sunday as it moved inland across the southern part of the country.

Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida earlier issued warnings and evacuation orders amid fears of rapidly rising sea waters. However, gusting winds combined with heavy rainfall could well result in downed trees, downed power lines and the often resulting power outages.

Hugh Keeton, a reporter at WLOX-TV, reported flooding inside the first floor of Hard Rock Casino Hotel Biloxi.

Theiss, founder of Ultimate Chase Storm Video, has been covering tropical cyclones for 30 years.

Hurricane Nate had shut in 92 percent of oil output and 77 percent of natural gas production in the U.S. Then Nate made a second landfall just after midnight near Biloxi Mississippi. There are also reports of stranded drivers, so police advised people to stay off the roads Sunday. "We're still working [with] massive issues in Harvey, Irma, as well as the issues in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and now this one", FEMA administrator Brock Long said.

Areas further to the north will likely be affected by the storm in coming days.

At 9 p.m. Saturday, an offshore wind sensor near the Louisiana coast reported a gust of nearly 90 miles per hour (although the sensor was elevated almost 300 feet above the ground). Remember that these tornadoes are generally short-lived and weak, but they are still unsafe and you should take all proper tornado safety precautions if you go under a tornado warning Sunday.

The remnants of the storm spawned tornado warnings in those states and the western portions of North Carolina and SC.

Evacuations were ordered along the central Gulf Coast and governors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have declared states of emergency.

"No one should take this storm lightly", Edwards said at a press conference Friday.