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Tropical Storm Nate: New Orleans and Gulf Coast braces for impact

Tropical Storm Nate: New Orleans and Gulf Coast braces for impact

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Tropical storm Nate hurtle toward the US Gulf Coast overnight with slashing rain and strong winds, later the storm hustled steadily and quickly toward an expected landfall early Sunday, with its center coming ashore just east of New Orleans.

Packing 80 miles for each hour winds and further moving northwest at 22 mph, the Category 1 tropical storm is 345 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi Stream, in the southern Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said in its most recent advisory, around 5 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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Moreover, the Tropical Storm Nate could drop 3 to 6 inches of rain, with 10 inches possible in a few zones, from the central Gulf Coast north through the Deep South, the eastern Tennessee Valley and the southern Appalachians over the weekend into Monday, perhaps bringing storm surges flooding, according to the CNN meteorological officials.

Meanwhile, with the Tropical Storm Nate devastating to hammer into the Gulf Coast this end of the week, high alert situations have been announced in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, as government organizations activate its resources and announce mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders ahead of time of the Category 1 storm’s landfall.

In addition, the governors of each of the three states have issued stern warnings to the residents ahead of the storm’s expected arrival.

Furthermore, the Tropical Storm Nate could be the third hurricane to hit the US territory in a month and a half. Hurricane Harvey and Irma tore through coastal states thrashing dozens and destroying a large number of properties. Additionally, Nate's anticipated landfall will have an impact on several flights along the Gulf Coast.

Henceforth, several residents of these states after the warning are preparing themselves for flooding in New Orleans, it was devastated 12 years ago by Hurricane Katrina. Also, the storm Nate is expected to make landfall in the nearby region of New Orleans by early Sunday.

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