US Gulf Coast braces for Hur­ri­cane

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NEW OR­LEANS — Rain­fall from fast-mov­ing Hur­ri­cane Nate lashed south­east Louisiana on Satur­day af­ter­noon as the storm headed for an evening land­fall along the U.S. Gulf Coast and res­i­dents in vul­ner­a­ble, low-ly­ing ar­eas fled.

“It’s com­ing,” Larry Bertron said as he and his wife Kim­ber­lee pre­pared to leave their home in the Braith­waite com­mu­nity of vul­ner­a­ble Plaque­m­ines Par­ish. Hur­ri­cane vet­er­ans, they lost one home in south Louisiana to Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina in 2005 and were pre­par­ing to leave the home they re­built after Hur­ri­cane Isaac in 2012.

“This will be it,” said Bertron, who com­plained that lo­cal of­fi­cials haven’t done enough to im­prove area lev­ees. “If it floods again, this will be it. I can’t live on prom­ises.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Ed­wards said the storm’s eye is ex­pected to make land­fall in the area near the mouth of the Mis­sis­sippi River around 7 p.m., likely as a Cat­e­gory 2 hur­ri­cane. He urged res­i­dents to make fi­nal prepa­ra­tions quickly and stressed that Nate will bring the pos­si­bil­ity of storm surge reach­ing up to 11 feet in some coastal ar­eas and strong winds.


Brenda Kent jumps on her boat as she and her hus­band leave the Biloxi Small Craft Har­bor in Biloxi, Miss., on Fri­day to take the boat up river in ad­vance of Hur­ri­cane Nate.

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