Hurricane Nate makes landfall as a Category 1 storm near the mouth of the Mississippi River, with winds up to 85 miles per hour.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned residents of a storm surge of up to 11 feet in some areas along the coast, the AP reported.
About 47,000 customers were without power in MS, while more than 1000 people had arrived at shelters, the state Emergency Management Agency said.
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.
Nate is the fourth major storm to hit the United States in less than two months.
Hurricane Nate has made a second landfall outside Biloxi, MS, as a Category 1 storm, marking the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
However, shores facing westward along area bays will still experience peak surge for several more hours, forecasters said.
Harvey’s track along the Texas coast and the heavy rains it brought shut refineries that provide almost 25 percent of the USA capacity. It is expected to weaken at at a rapid rate throughout the day.
Storm watches have been issued for the Gulf Coast as deadly Tropical Storm Nate moves north toward the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm, which made a second landfall in MS after first hitting Louisiana, was packing maximum sustained winds of 110km/h, and was moving north-northeast at 37km/h, the centre said.
With the gusty winds comes the threat of power outages across the area. “In the Triangle, we’ll see the most rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but totals shouldn’t get much above 1 inch”.
Tropical Storm Nate has already wreaked havoc over Central America including areas of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras causing the deaths of at least 25 people in the region.
The storm’s powerful winds pushed water onto roads, and knocked out power lines that left many homes and businesses out of power.
Nate’s center approaches the mouth of the Mississippi River, as tropical storm conditions spread onshore in southeastern Louisiana.