Nate batters Mississippi and Alabama
NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Nate brought flooding and power outages as it sloshed ashore outside Biloxi early Sunday, the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The storm hit the state early Sunday with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph but weakened later to a tropical depression as it moved inland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
As of 11 a.m. EDT, Nate was centered about 40 miles southwest of Montgomery, Alabama, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.
Authorities were beginning to assess the storm's impacts, but most areas in Nate's path seem to have avoided major damage - including New Orleans.
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.
Nate's powerful winds have knocked out power to more than 100,000 customers in Mississippi and Alabama. More than 25,000 power outages were reported in southern Mississippi, according to CBS affiliate WLOX. Outages were mostly concentrated on the eastern half of the state's narrow coastal strip, in Harrison, Jackson and George counties.
More than 70,000 people were without power in Alabama early Sunday morning.
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