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U.S. central Gulf Coast prepares for Hurricane Nate

Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 01:27

Hurricane Nate may strengthen on Saturday, threatening to hit the U.S. central Gulf Coast with strong winds and storm surges. Nathan Frandino reports.

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Hurricane Nate is churning toward the central Gulf coast and New Orleans is preparing for the worst. The Category 1 storm already leaving Central America battered with at least 25 people dead. Now residents of coastal cities like New Orleans getting ready to leave if they have to. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KATHY ADAMS, RESIDENT, SAYING: "Clothes are in the car. And the suitcases." The city was devastated in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. Then last month, nearly a foot of rain fell in less than a day, prompting 19 of the city's pumping stations to fail. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says despite 11 of those stations still being offline, the city will be ready. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MITCH LANDRIEU, MAYOR OF NEW ORLEANS, SAYING: "As a matter fact I can//we have more than enough pumping and man power capacity to handle this rain event." Down the coast, city workers in Mobile, Alabama clearing storm drains ahead of storm surge projected to be six to nine feet. Mobile Mayor Sandy Simpson says the city is being pro-active and recommends residents do the same. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SANDY SIMPSON, MOBILE MAYOR, SAYING: "Be vigilant. Stay alert. Have a plan. Do not wait until Saturday night after dark to decide what you'll have to do in case things with the storm change." Nate coming after multiple storms hitting the U.S. in the past months, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria leaving a deadly path of destruction. Through Monday, Nate is expected to produce three to six inches of rain on the coast.

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U.S. central Gulf Coast prepares for Hurricane Nate

Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 01:27