It was the third hurricane to hit the United States in the last six weeks, and the first landfalling MS hurricane since 2005's Hurricane Katrina. Another landfall is expected along the coast of southern MS a few hours later.
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Nate's core moved north at 20 miles per hour, which is the fastest on record, toward coastal MS and Alabama.
"For a lot of us, this is much-needed rain, as it hasn't rained since Irma nearly a month ago", Monahan said.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... "We just want to be prepared", Blakely, a Gulfport resident, said. The latest forecast model shows the storm weakening after making landfall, then ripping through multiple states, including Alabama, Tennessee, and others before making it to New England.
President Trump approved an emergency declaration for MS on Saturday as Category 1 Hurricane Nate made landfall in southeast Louisiana.
New Orleans, which lay on the typically impact-lessened western side of the hurricane, caught little more than a whiff from Nate.
Mississippi Gov. Bryant warned of an 11 to 13-foot storm surge in some areas.
The weather service in Mobile said up to 6 inches of rain have already fallen in some areas in south Alabama, including downtown Mobile. "But this is a very unsafe storm nonetheless".
Maximum sustained winds are near 90 miles per hour (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Water levels remained elevated along portions of the northern Gulf Coast, but were expected to gradually subside by midday Sunday.
Louisiana is bracing for Hurricane Nate as the Category 1 wind makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.
Mississippi's government said it would open 11 evacuation shelters in areas away from the immediate coast, with buses available for people who can not drive.
Officials in the US states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have declared a state of emergency before Nate's landfall, ordering evacuations and issuing curfews. New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell said emergency crews were on the ground Saturday morning helping to evacuate residents of several small communities outside the floodgates.