US Gulf Coast swings into hurricane prep mode ahead of Nate


US Gulf Coast swings into hurricane prep mode ahead of Nate
  1. US Gulf Coast swings into hurricane prep mode ahead of Nate
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    By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, MELINDA DESLATTE and JEFF AMYAssociated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Hurricane…
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By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, MELINDA DESLATTE and JEFF AMYAssociated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Hurricane Nate sent U.S. Gulf Coast residents scrambling to prepare as hurricane warnings covered the region.

Louisiana’s governor urged his state’s residents to take Nate seriously, saying the storm “has the potential to do a lot of damage.”

“No one should take this storm lightly. It has already claimed the lives of at least 20 people,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Friday. “We do want people to be very, very cautious and to not take this storm for granted.”

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi and Alabama coasts.

States of emergency were declared in all three states as Nate – which has already killed at least 21 people in Central America – became the latest in a succession of destructive storms this hurricane season.

Edwards said forecasts for the fast-moving storm, which threatens to strike Louisiana as a hurricane this weekend, indicate the greatest risks are winds and storm surge, rather than intense amounts of rain.

That’s good news for New Orleans, where the city’s pumping system remains fragile but is working. Two flash floods this summer led to revelations about personnel and equipment problems at the agency that runs the system that drains the city.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said 109 of its 120 pumps are functioning, which is 92 percent capacity.

“We are ready for whatever Nate brings our way,” Landrieu said.

Nate is forecast to dump 3 to 6 inches (7 to 15 centimeters) of rain on the region – with isolated totals of up to 10 inches (25 centimeters). The storm was expected to strengthen as it moves over the Gulf and make landfall in the U.S. late Saturday or early Sunday. A tropical storm watch extended across Alabama and northeast Georgia, including the Atlanta metro area.

Millard A. Green, a bassist, music teacher and actor, looked philosophically at grocery shelves in New Orleans that had held cases of bottled water. It was 12:30 p.m. Friday, and they were empty.

“I thought we were finished with all this hurricane stuff? What you gonna do?” he said.

Edwards encouraged people across southeast Louisiana to hunker down for the storm by 8 p.m. Landrieu enacted a 7 p.m. Saturday curfew for city residents. The governor says tropical storm force winds should reach coastal areas of Louisiana by Saturday afternoon, and coastal areas could see storm surge of as much as 7 feet (2 meters).

On Alabama’s Dauphin Island – a barrier island south of Mobile, Alabama – owners hauled boats out of the water ahead of the storm’s approach. The major concern was the storm surge was projected to coincide with high tide.

“The west end of the island floods in a good thunderstorm,” said Chad Palmer, the owner of FinAtics Inshore Fishing Charters, which operates…

US Gulf Coast swings into hurricane prep mode ahead of Nate
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