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Hurricane Nate strikes US southern coast

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New Orleans – Hurricane Nate slammed into the US Gulf Coast for the second time in hours early Sunday after leaving a trail of death and destruction in Central America.

People fill sandbags at a fire station as New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas prepare for Hurricane Nate to make landfall. (AFP) |MANILA BULLETIN)

People fill sandbags at a fire station as New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas prepare for Hurricane Nate to make landfall. (AFP|MANILA BULLETIN)

Officials urged residents to evacuate some vulnerable areas before the storm first made landfall on the southeastern tip of Louisiana on Saturday evening, and residents scrambled to make last-minute preparations ahead of the third hurricane to hit the region in less than two months.

Around 1:30 a.m. (0530 GMT), the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Nate struck again about five miles (eight kilometers) west of Biloxi, Mississippi, where storm surges caused sea levels to rise dramatically.

But US President Donald Trump said federal officials were ready for the fast-moving storm, urging residents of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi to ”listen to your local authorities & be safe!”

The storm, a Category One hurricane on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale, with winds swirling at 85 miles (140 kilometers) per hour was heading north at about 20 miles per hour, the NHC said.

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