Hurricane Nate continued to spin toward the MS coast Saturday night, with its eyewall moving over the coast and the eye itself projected to make landfall on the by midnight.
At 10:31 am, the National Weather Service advised that heavy rains may cause temporary street flooding, especially in poor drainage areas.
Hurricane Nate made landfall tonight along the MS coast close to Biloxi with 85 miles per hour sustained winds estimated near the center.
"As Nate moves into the interior of the U.S., it will bring drier air into Central Florida and drop the chance of rain down of the entire upcoming week", News 6 weather anchor Danny Treanor said.
Nate's center was located 395 kilometers south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 1200 GMT. Maximum sustained winds are holding at 85 miles per hour. "But this is a very risky storm nonetheless". This is up from around 600 customers at 11:00 p.m. CDT Saturday.
A hurricane warning was in effect for New Orleans, Louisiana, raising concerns about flooding. Although the hurricane warnings were downgraded to tropical storm warnings for the city, New Orleans recommended that "people shelter in place and use caution" due to high winds. By Tuesday morning, he said, "most people will wake up ... to clearing skies and a nice day". Conditions were likely to worsen in the next few hours, said Brian Adam, director of emergency management for the county.
The floodgates closed at noon Saturday.
Water kept going several blocks deep into the area.
Phil Bryant held a news conference Saturday to update residents about Hurricane Nate. The storm officially made landfall a second time near Biloxi, Mississippi, around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Evacuations began at some offshore oil platforms in the Gulf.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to about 17 percent of daily USA crude output and 5 percent of natural gas output, according to the US government estimates.
Facilities will be inspected after the storm has passed.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott also declared a state of emergency in some counties.
She did not give details on all the deaths, but said two women and a man who worked for the Health Ministry were swept away by a flooded canal in the central municipality of Juigalpa. Please review your severe weather plans with your family.