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Hurricane warning issued for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

Hurricane warning issued for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama”

Impacts will be minimal in Southwest Florida.

"Reports from Air Force Reserve and NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are now near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts".

After Nate, the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, could yield one more major hurricane, a Category 3 or stronger, Kottlowski said. It was still a Category 1 storm but was expected to reach Category 2 strength before making landfall.

Costa Rica declared three days of mourning for those killed by Tropical Storm Nate, and President Luis Guillermo Solis, warned that, although the storm had passed, it was too early to say the danger had gone.

First responders, sewer workers and residents also prepared for flooding, mindful of summer rains that exposed deficiencies in the city's unique drainage pumping system.

"This is the worst hurricane that has impacted Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina", Mississippi Emergency Management Director Lee Smithson said at a Saturday briefing.

The storm is expected to dump up to 10 inches of rain on southern Honduras and western Nicaragua, up to 8 inches on eastern Yucatán and western Cuba and up to 12 inches on the US central Gulf Coast states. A state of emergency was declared for Mississippi's six southernmost counties.

"Life-threatening storm surge flooding is likely along portions of the northern Gulf Coast, and a storm surge warning has been issued from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border".

What's happening? Tropical Storm Nate, which started as a tropical depression on Wednesday, has been dumping rain on Central America.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said 109 of its 120 pumps are functioning, which is 92% capacity.

A hurricane watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama state line to the Okaloosa-Walton County line in Florida.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards proclaimed a state of emergency for the state Friday morning in anticipation of any severe weather from Nate.

Earlier, a voluntary evacuation was called in the barrier island town of Grand Isle south of New Orleans.

Lake Pontchartrain, west to Morgan City, Louisiana. "Alabamians, you must prepare and remain vigilant - this is serious business", Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said at a news conference Friday.

Meanwhile in MS, the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing relocated its aircraft to Texas and Arkansas.

Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi was not evacuated, officials said.



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