Hurricane Nate makes landfall in Louisiana as category one storm

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Louisiana is bracing for Hurricane Nate as the Category 1 wind makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.

The Hurricane Center has issued hurricane warnings for southeastern Louisiana and coastal MS and Alabama, including New Orleans, Biloxi and Mobile.

Nate has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves inland over MS and Alabama.

In the U.S., a state of emergency was declared for 29 Florida counties and states near Nate's path - Alabama, Louisiana and MS - as well as the city of New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect until further notice for Blount, Cherokee, and Etowah Counties along with the rest of Central and Southern Alabama.

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Nate was expected to pass to the east of New Orleans, sparing the city its most ferocious winds and storm surge. Still prepare for heavy widespread rainfall, sustained winds up to 40 miles per hour and wind gusts up to 50-55 miles per hour. The timing of landfall is estimated to be overnight from Saturday into Monday.

Etheridge said there could be storm surges of 11 to 12 feet in coastal parts of the county, which is on the coast next to the Alabama border.

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Hurricane Nate is now moving rapidly toward the north-northwest near 26 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue through this evening, according to the NHC. Nate became a category 1 hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico early Friday.

Update: 6:09 a.m. ET - Footgage from Mobile, Alabama, this morning shows heavy flooding as the storm heads inland.

Fortner expects two to three inches of rain in the Charlotte area Sunday. There is a mandatory evacuation issued for the New Orleans metropolitan area, but many people are remaining in their homes.

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