Tropical Storm Nate: Louisiana, Mississippi declare emergencies in coastal areas

The most active hurricane season in more than a decade doesn’t seem to be letting up as Tropical Storm Nate roars toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and threatens to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, likely as a hurricane, this weekend.

Trending Articles

Russian government hackers stole the NSA cyber defense…

Hackers working for the Russian government stole NSA plans and documents…

Louisiana officials declared a state of emergency late Thursday night and ordered people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands ahead of the storm’s expected landfall early Sunday.

Mississippi followed suit, declaring a state of emergency for six southern counties in advance to the storm’s arrival. Officials said Friday they will open 11 evacuation shelters in areas away from the immediate coast, and that buses can transport people who can’t drive.

Nate – the 15th system to form in the Atlantic basin – has already claimed 22 lives in Latin America, dumping as much as 6 to 10 inches of rain as it moved over Honduras.

Forecasters said it had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph by Friday morning and is likely to strengthen over the northwestern Caribbean Sea on Friday.

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and mobilized 1,300 National Guard troops, with 15 headed to New Orleans to monitor the fragile pumping system there.

With forecasts projecting landfall in southeast Louisiana as a Category 1 hurricane, Edwards urged residents to ready for rainfall, storm surge and severe winds — and to be where they intend to hunker down by “dark on Saturday.”

This year’s ferocious hurricane season has already delivered 15 tropical cyclones over the Atlantic with three out of eight hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria – resulting in mass devastation across the Caribbean and southern United States in a 30-day span.

The National Hurricane Center said the month of September was the most active month on record for a measurement called Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE). It measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes. The previous record was set in September 2004.

This September six storms formed, making it about 3.5 times more active than an average September from 1981 to 2010.

Hurricane season typically starts June 1 and ends Nov. 30, and on average the Atlantic Basin see two hurricanes by September each year. Since 1950, only 15 storms or hurricanes have hit the Gulf Coast or Florida.

In Nicaragua, Nate’s arrival followed two weeks of near-constant rain that had left the ground saturated and rivers swollen. Authorities placed the whole country on alert and warned of flooding and landslides.

Nicaragua’s vice president and spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo, said that at least 15 people had died in that country due to the storm. She didn’t give details on all the deaths, but said two women and a man who worked for the Health Ministry were swept away by a flooded canal in the central municipality of Juigalpa.

Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Organism blamed seven deaths in that country on the storm and said 15 people were missing. Flooding drove 5,000 residents into emergency shelters.

Louisiana’s governor says Nate is forecast to move quickly, rather than stall and drop tremendous amounts of rain on the state. State officials hope that means New Orleans won’t run into problems with its pumps being unable to handle the water.

Edwards warned, however, against underestimating the storm.

Officials ordered the evacuation of part of coastal St. Bernard Parish east of New Orleans ahead of the storm. Earlier Thursday, a voluntary evacuation was called in the barrier island town of Grand Isle south of New Orleans.

New Orleans officials outlined steps to bolster the city’s pump and drainage system. Weaknesses in that system were revealed during summer flash floods.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com.

Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

Courtesy: Fox News

Published by

gabugo

Author, Pastor, Development and Valuation Surveyor, CEO LandAssets Consult Ltd., Publisher, The Property Gazette.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

JAMESON'SBLOG WELCOME TO MY WONDERFUL WORLD!.danieliniobong@yahoo. 📞 08133727444

Traavel,shooping,Lifestyles,How To Make money online,Health,News,Entrepreneurship Tips,Movies,Promoting,Digital marketing,Business Strategy,et

Angels of Passion

"where angels are truly found"

speak2world

Complete store of information, where you get the the whole infomation about love, spititualaity, entertainment, classic blogs, history of world, story writting, poems, rhymes, so enjoy.

stevefakeballmer

The Original Fake Steve Ballmer - Exiled by Blogger!

blogs!

"Feel free to flourish and browse through all of my writings."

Jozsef Torsan

My journey from leaving the corporate world to developing the Bookmark Ninja web app

Soul On Rice

A Prison Experience and Post-Prison Mentality

MounterWorld

My Favorite things

Paul-o-zone

Changing the world through self

The Waas Blog

We all have an unique story....I want to share yours!

Bitcoin Mining (Antminer S9)

Bitcoin Mining Hardware

Aussie Conservative Blog

Paleoconservative opinion

Her Unusual Journey

The life of a not so ordinary college girl

%d bloggers like this: