State of emer­gency for killer Hur­ri­cane Nate

The Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

A STATE of emer­gency was de­clared in Louisiana and Mis­sis­sippi last night as Hur­ri­cane Nate ap­proached the US cen­tral Gulf Coast.

The storm, which has al­ready killed at least 21 peo­ple in Cen­tral Amer­ica, was fore­cast to in­crease to a Cat­e­gory 2 hur­ri­cane by the time it made land­fall, with sus­tained winds of 90mph.

Evac­u­a­tion shel­ters were opened and those most at risk told to aban­don their homes.

In ad­di­tion to hur­ri­cane warn­ings, a new trop­i­cal storm alert was is­sued in Florida and some off­shore oil plat­forms were be­ing evac­u­ated.

The Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­tre said that Nate could raise sea lev­els by up to 7ft and added New Or­leans in Louisiana to its lat­est warn­ing. Some 1,300 Na­tional Guard troops had been mo­bilised.

Louisiana gov­er­nor John Bel Ed­wards urged res­i­dents to pre­pare for rain, storm surge and se­vere winds and be un­der­cover by ‘dark on Satur­day’.

He said Nate was fore­cast to move quickly, rather than stall and drop tremen­dous amounts of rain.

Of­fi­cials hoped that meant New Or­leans would not run into prob­lems and its pumps would han­dle the wa­ter.

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