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    Reports: Nate moves inland over southeastern US as tornado threat ensues

    By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
    By Jennifer Fabiano, AccuWeather staff writer
    By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
    By Brian Lada, AccuWeather meteorologist and staff writer
    October 08, 2017, 7:39:17 PM EDT

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      As of 7:30 p.m. EST Sunday, this story is no longer being updated.

      Nate made a second landfall along the Gulf coast early Sunday morning and will continue to unleash heavy rain across the South into Monday.

      The storm made its first landfall in far southeastern Louisiana near the mouth of the Mississippi River on Saturday evening. A second landfall occurred near Biloxi, Mississippi, around 12:30 a.m. CDT Sunday.

      Nate weakened to a tropical storm around 3:30 a.m. CDT Sunday. It later became a tropical depression shortly before 10 a.m. CDT Sunday.

      The threat for flooding rain, damaging winds and power outages will spread northeastward as Nate continues to swiftly move inland through Sunday.

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      6:30 p.m. CDT Sunday: Crews are working to assess the damage Nate left behind. According to Alabama Power, more than 36,000 residents are without power across the state.

      Rain may still lead to localized cases of flooding across part of the eastern U.S. into early this week.

      5:30 p.m. CDT Sunday: A county northwest of Clinton, South Carolina, reports significant damages to house around Cashew Trail and Curry Road area. Other areas in South Carolina have reported damage as well.

      5:01 p.m. CDT Sunday: Multiple tornadoes have been reported across South Carolina.

      Pacolet, Union and Jonesville, South Carolina get ready to take shelter as tornado warned storms are approaching from the southwest. Take cover immediately!

      4:56 p.m. CDT Sunday: Likely tornado near Polkville, North Carolina heading toward Casar.

      4:53 p.m. CDT Sunday: Four tornado warned supercells are currently located in Upstate South Carolina.

      Trees and power lines were reported down by county officials southwest of Pickens, Sourth Carolina from a likely tornado.

      4:25 p.m. CDT Sunday: A possible tornado is near Waterloo, SC and is moving northeast at 35 mph.

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      2:40 p.m. CDT Sunday: According to a wind report from an emergency manager, there is a tree down near the intersection of Hwy 115 and Hwy 255 in Pink, Georgia.

      11:00 a.m. CDT Sunday: The Harrison County curfew has been lifted. U.S. 90 is under debris cleanup effort and motorist should not use, this will hampers the effects of cleanup.

      If you need to travel, give the right of way to service providers to restore service.

      9:50 a.m. CDT Sunday: Nate has weakened to a depression, according to the National Hurricane Center. The system continues to spread heavy rain across the southeastern United States.

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      A sailboat that washed ashore sits along the Gulf of Mexico in Biloxi, Miss., in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

      Here is a look at some of the top rainfall totals and wind gusts from Nate through Sunday morning.

      9:24 a.m. CDT Sunday: Nate left many streets flooded around Mobile, Alabama, this morning.

      7:50 a.m. CDT Sunday: In addition to Louisiana and Mississippi, President Trump has also declared an emergency in Alabama as requested by Gov. Kay Ivey.

      Over 71,000 customers are without power in the state, according to Alabama Power.

      Cleanup efforts are already underway in coastal areas of Alabama, including along stretches of road in Dauphin Island.

      The city of Orange Beach, Alabama, reported tree damage around town along with some minor wind issues at Seawall Park. The city also said inland waters have calmed and Alabama Point is intact with minor erosion.

      Gulf waters will remain closed to swimmers due to life-threatening surf and rip currents, city officials said.

      7:07 a.m. CDT Sunday: In its 7 a.m. CDT update, the National Hurricane Center said Nate is rapidly weakening as it moves over the Deep South. However, dangerous storm surge flooding remains a concern and heavy rainfall is being spread throughout the Southeast.

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      Tropical Storm Nate is seen over the Deep South on Sunday, Oct 8. 2017. (Image/NOAA)

      5:57 a.m. CDT Sunday: The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said there are no major damage reports so far in the state, but detailed assessments will begin at daylight.

      Mississippi Power reports that it has restored power to 3,000 customers with about 8,000 still without electricity.

      Alabama Power reports nearly 60,000 customers without power, with 56,000 of those in the Mobile area.

      4:50 a.m. CDT Sunday: Multiple water rescues are ongoing across Mobile, Alabama, according to Mobile Fire-Rescue Department.

      Between 3 and 6 inches of rain has fallen from Gulfport, Mississippi, to Gulf Shores, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, since Saturday evening.

      3:40 a.m. CDT Sunday: Nate has weakened to a tropical storm near the southern Mississippi and Alabama border.

      The damaging wind threat has significantly lessened, but the threat for flooding will continue into the southern Appalachians through Sunday.

      Storm surge flooding continues along the coast. Tidal gauges in Mobile County, Alabama, are reporting water levels over 5 feet.

      Over 60,000 customers are now without power across Mississippi and Alabama.

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      A large truck drives through a flooded Water St. in downtown Mobile, Ala., during Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

      2:30 a.m. CDT Sunday: Power outages are mounting across the South as Nate continues to press inland.

      Over 9,500 Mississippi Power customers are without electricity and over 23,000 Alabama Power customers are in the dark.

      The Mobile Regional Airport in Alabama reported a wind gust of 60 mph within the past hour. Streets in downtown Mobile are reportedly inundated with water from storm surge.

      1:20 a.m. CDT Sunday: Isolated tornadoes will remain a concern along the northeast side of the storm through Sunday.

      Two tornado warnings are in effect across the Florida Panhandle, including for the towns of Crestview and Milligan.

      The threat for isolated tornadoes will spread inland across Alabama throughout Sunday.

      12:30 a.m. CDT Sunday: Nate has made its second United States landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

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      A radar image of Nate making its second landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi.

      The number of power outages continues to climb across southern Mississippi as strong winds from Nate swept through the region.

      Mississippi Power reports that nearly 6,000 customers are without power. This is up from around 600 customers at 11:00 p.m. CDT Saturday.

      11:40 p.m. CDT Saturday: Reports of storm surge flooding are starting to mount along the central Gulf Coast.

      Between 3 and 5 feet of storm surge has been reported from St. Bernard County, Louisiana, to Mobile County, Alabama.

      Around 40 roads in southern Mississippi have been flooded due to storm surge, emergency managers report.

      Winds are also beginning to pick up as Nate nears its second landfall in southern Mississippi.

      A wind gust of 70 mph was reported at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. This area is in the outer eye wall of Nate, which is where the most intense winds of a hurricane are found.

      9:50 p.m. CDT Saturday: Power outages are climbing in Alabama as Nate prepares to make a second landfall long the Gulf Coast.

      At least 5,000 electric customers are without power in southern Alabama, many of which located around mobile, according to Alabama Power.

      8:30 p.m. CDT Saturday: Waves higher than 30 feet have been measured by a buoy east of the center of Hurricane Nate. A buoy located closer to the center of Nate has measured sustained winds of over 70 mph and gusts occasionally approaching 90 mph.

      Meanwhile, conditions are quickly deteriorating along the coast of Mississippi and Alabama. This is the area where Nate is expected to make its next landfall.

      President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration in Mississippi for Hurricane Nate, ABC reported.

      New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has lifted the curfew after the National Weather Service (NWS) canceled the Hurricane Warning for the city.

      Officials still urge residents to shelter in place due to the threat of tropical-storm-force winds.

      7:07 p.m. CDT Saturday: The NWS reported that Nate has made its first landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The hurricane is now moving north at 20 mph.

      Nate has already caused damage near Mobile, Alabama.

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      Oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has also been interrupted due to the hurricane.

      7:00 p.m. CDT Saturday: Visibility is starting to diminish in some areas of the Gulf Coast as Nate speeds towards the coast.

      Governor Scott requested that President Donald Trump declare a pre-landfall emergency for the state of Florida to prepare and respond to Hurricane Nate. A pre-landfall declaration would provide important resources and assistance from the federal government and would free up funding sources for emergency protective measures.

      6:00 p.m. CDT Saturday: Nate's outer bands are starting to make an impact along the Gulf Coast as the storm moves closer to the shore.

      Tropical-storm-force winds were recorded in Mobile, Alabama, on Saturday evening as a band of heavy rain moved through the city. Winds may gust past 100 mph near Mobile during the height of the storm later this weekend.

      5:00 p.m. CDT Saturday: Ocean Springs and Biloxi harbors clear in advance of Nate. The leaseholders were asked to ship their boats to a safer harbor on Friday.

      3:51 p.m. CDT Saturday: A waterspout was reported offshore of Orange Beach, Alabama, associated with Hurricane Nate.

      3:23 p.m. CDT Saturday: As Hurricane Nate approaches the region, the potential for a couple of brief tornadoes in near-coastal areas seems likely to increase through the afternoon from southeastern Louisiana and southern portions of Mississippi and Alabama, into parts of the Florida Panhandle.

      1:27 p.m. CDT Saturday: Category 1 hurricanes are still able to cause property damage, push down trees and lead to power outages. The National Hurricane Center now forecasts Hurricane Nate to have maximum sustained winds of 105 mph by landfall tonight.

      1:08 p.m. CDT Saturday: Gas stations are already out of gas in Biloxi, Mississippi, and possibly surrounding areas.

      12:46 p.m. CDT Saturday: Early voting wrapped up sooner than scheduled in parts of Louisiana due to Hurricane Nate.

      9:47 a.m. CDT Saturday: Power companies deploying trucks ahead of Hurricane Nate.

      8:38 a.m. CDT Saturday: The National Hurricane Center issued an intermediate advisory.

      The advisory listed a hurricane warning in effect for portions of the northern Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Alabama. A storm surge warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to the Okaloosa and Walton county line in Florida.

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