UPDATE 8:30pm –
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu cancels mandatory curfew after the National Weather Service canceled the hurricane warning in the city.
Hurricane Nate made landfall in Louisiana Saturday evening as a Category 1 with winds up to 85 mph.
The city is asking residents to shelter in place as the hurricane passes over.
“There is still a serious threat of storm surge for areas outside of levee protection and residents should continue to monitor local news and take precautions,” the city statement read.
Hurricane Nate is still intensifying and racing northward toward a landfall tonight on the northern Gulf Coast as at least a Category 2 hurricane. – National Weather Service
The storm will cause damage across the region – even in areas far away from the eye of the storm.
- Saturday afternoon, Nate is a Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph.
- As a tropical storm, Nate was responsible for at least 21 deaths in Central America and dozens are still missing.
- Nate made landfall in the US, near the mouth of the Mississippi River, on Saturday.
- Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama all declared states of emergency prior to the storm.
- Mayor of New Orleans institutes a mandatory curfew for Saturday night and begun evacuations in major storm surge areas.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC)’s latest alert warned of dangerous winds, storm surges, tornadoes and surf.
“Along the northern Gulf Coast, hurricane conditions are expected in the hurricane warning area this evening and tonight, with tropical storm conditions expected to begin during the next several hours.”