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HURRICANE NATE BATTERS MISSISSIPPI AND ALABAMA

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Hurricane Nate brought flooding and power outages as it sloshed ashore outside Biloxi early this morning (Sunday, October 8, 2017) the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The storm hit the state with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph but weakened later to a tropical storm as it moved inland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

As of 5 a.m. EDT this morning, Nate was centered about 80 miles north-northeast of Biloxi and moving north-northeast near 23 mph.

At one point, Nate’s eye move over Keesler Air Force Base, where the National Hurricane Center’s hurricane hunter planes are kept, the center said.

It was Nate’s second landfall. Saturday night, the storm came ashore along a sparsely populated area in southeast Louisiana.

Nate’s powerful winds pushed water onto roads and its winds knocked out power to homes and business. But Nate didn’t have the intensity other storms Harvey, Irma and Jose had during this busy hurricane season, and people didn’t seem as threatened by it. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported.

More than 25,000 power outages were reported in southern Mississippi. Outages were mostly concentrated on the eastern half of the state’s narrow coastal strip, in Harrison, Jackson and George counties.

Nearly 60,000 people were without power in Alabama early Sunday morning.

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