Nate downgraded to tropical storm after Mississippi landfall

Oct. 8 (UPI) — Nate weakened to a tropical storm Sunday morning after it made landfall near Biloxi, Miss., the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 8 a.m. advisory, the NHC said Nate was located about 50 miles east-southeast of Meridian, Miss., and 95 miles west-southwest of Montgomery, Ala. It’s moving north-northeast at 23 mph.

The NHC said Tropical Storm Nate was “rapidly weakening,” though storm surge and heavy rainfall was a problem in the region.

Nate had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm has been deadly in parts of Central America, killing at least 22 people in floods and mudslides.

A storm surge warning was in effect for the Mississippi/Alabama border east to the Okaloosa/Walton county line in Florida. A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Alabama/Florida border east to Indian Pass, Fla.

“A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days,” the NHC said. “On the forecast track, Nate’s center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.”

The NHC forecasts Nate will degenerate into a remnant low by late Monday.

Including Nate, there have been 13 tropical storms, eight hurricanes and four major hurricanes so far this season.

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