"While it appears we're being spared. our hearts go out to MS", said Amos Cormier, president of Plaquemines Parish, a low-lying area in the New Orleans area. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced the opening of shelters on the coast Saturday. Meteorologists are expecting the heaviest rain to fall 50 miles to the north and south of the exact track.
The hurricane center's map shows a cone of the storm's probable path extending from southeast Louisiana to a western portion of the Florida Panhandle. While the worst of the storm was to the east, heavy rain fell in the city, and nearby Lake Pontchartrain was under a storm surge warning.
The Hurricane Watch is discontinued from west of Grand Isle to Morgan City.
As Hurricane Nate speeds up its sprint toward the Gulf Coast, officials in New Orleans gave their requisite final warnings before landfall.
Officials ordered the evacuation of part of coastal St Bernard Parish east of New Orleans ahead of the storm.
New Orleans, 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Slidell, evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system as the storm approached.
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. I advise everyone to be prepared for the possibility of power outages. At a Lowe's hardware store in the St. Roch area of New Orleans, there were short lineups around midday and plentiful supplies of propane, generators and plywood.
STORM SURGE WATCH * East of the the Okaloosa-Walton county line to Indian Pass, Fla.
Two people have already died in Nicaragua due to the storm, and three others were swept away by flash floods, the Associated Press said.
Tornadoes also are apotential issue, the Weather Service stated.
Nate has already proved deadly. Entergy has 1,800 workers staged for Nate. That includes three major pumps in Lakeview and Algiers capable of pumping 1,000 cubic feet of water or more every second.
Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes and Costa Rica's government declared a state of emergency.
Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the storm throughout the day on Channel 2 Action News. Trump has ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts to go toward damage from Hurricane Nate. Needless to say, another storm - especially one impacting Louisiana, parts of which were affected by Harvey - is not good news.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had declared a state of emergency in 29 counties, said Saturday that evacuation orders were in effect Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, with shelters open for those seeking higher ground.