Hurricane Nate slams into the southern United States


The southern United States braced for the third storm in two months to hit its shores, when Hurricane Nate made landfall on Saturday.

The hurricane hit the southeastern tip of the state of Louisiana on Saturday and was moving towards neighbour Mississippi, after leaving about a dozen dead and widespread flooding in its wake across Central America.

The National Hurricane Centre classified the storm as a Category One hurricane, with winds swirling at around 140km/h. It showed a slight deceleration in speed from its earlier pace, moving north at around 32km/h.

The centre also issued a warning to areas in the path of the storm, saying that "the combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline".

It further warned that the storm would still pass over portions of several states through late on Sunday.

Residents were urged to evacuate vulnerable areas before the storm made landfall.

Kay Ivey, governor of Alabama, tweeted that she had requested that President Donald Trump declare the state a disaster "to ensure we have all possible resources in place to respond to #HurricaneNate", she said.

The president had issued an emergency declaration for both Louisiana and Mississippi earlier. This will allow federal aid to be made available to the states to mitigate the impact of the storm.

New Orleans, known for its Mardi Gras and blues music culture, seems to have escaped the wrath of the storm. It was battered by 2005's Hurricane Katrina, which claimed the lives of 1 800 people in the region.