US – Storm Nate weakens but Alabama flood threat remains

Storm Nate has brought strong winds, heavy rain and some flooding to the south-eastern United States.

It made landfall as a hurricane twice, in Louisiana and Mississippi, but is now weakening rapidly.

Some storm surge warnings have been lifted but weather officials say danger remains in Alabama and western Florida.

Nate killed at least 25 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras. No deaths or injuries have yet been reported in the US.

Although not as strong as last month’s Maria and Irma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and parts of Florida had issued warnings and evacuation orders ahead of its arrival.

Chett Harrison, the manager of the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, said he had kept a restaurant and bar open for his 300 guests and “they have been OK so far”.

But he told local TV he hoped none of his guests tried to leave “because everything is flooded around us”.

Mayor of nearby Gulfport, Billy Hewes, told the BBC the storm surge did not appear to be as high as feared and he thought the damage there would be minimal.

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