Nate brings heavy rains up US East Coast


While he concedes the force of hurricane "Maria" and "Irma", which hit the area in September, it also brings with it strong winds and heavy rains.

Hurricane Nate is expected to be a category 2 storm as it makes landfall around Gulfport, Miss., sometime early Sunday morning. Roads like the I-10 Causeway outside Mobile and the Dauphin Island Causeway and Bridge had been closed in anticipation of storm surge, but are now back open.

Unlike Hurricane Harvey, which dumped record amounts of rain as it hovered over neighboring Texas for a week, fast-moving Nate was expected to pass through quickly along a northerly path.

But the city has avoided the worst of the winds and storm surge as Nate passed east.

Hurricane Nate made landfall in southern MS, leaving at least 80,000 residents in multiple Gulf states without power, officials said.

Areas inland in Alabama will have to put up with Nate a little longer.

Parts of West Virginia could get as much as 4.5 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service, while the central Shenandoah Valley could see close to 2 inches. It slammed some MS and Alabama communities with a storm surge of between 4-5 feet, according to ABC News.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect until further notice for Blount, Cherokee, and Etowah Counties along with the rest of Central and Southern Alabama. Nate then had maximum winds of 85 miles per hour. There is still a good chance of tropical storm conditions across this area. The storm caused flooding in MS but there are no reports of fatalities. Nate exits the southeast by Monday morning, although lingering shower activity is still possible.

The Hurricane Warning from Grand Isle Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning.

The storm came ashore Saturday packing sustained winds of 140 kilometers an hour, but steadily diminished in strength as it moved across land, its winds dropping to 55 kilometers an hour.

Wind gusts could reach as high as 45 to 55 miles per hour.