MIAMI – Nate continued weakening on Sunday and is now a tropical depression expected to produce heavy rains over the southern United States, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
“A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Nate’s center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday,” the NHC said in its 1500 GMT advisory.
Nate, which made its first landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday night near the mouth of the Mississippi River and a second landfall early Sunday close to Biloxi, Mississippi, has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph (35 mph), the NHC said.
The storm, which is about 65 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Birmingham, Alabama, is moving north-northeast at 39 kph (24 mph).
The Miami-based NHC said all coastal watches and warnings had been discontinued for Nate.
The systems is expected to produce heavy rains, flooding, high surf and tornadoes along portions of the Gulf coast.
“Swells generated by Nate will affect land areas around the Gulf of Mexico through this evening. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions,” the NHC said.
The torrential rains from Nate caused flooding and mudslides in Central America, where the storm killed at least 25 people.
Nate is the third hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States during the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which started on June 1.
Hurricane Harvey caused extensive flooding in Texas and also affected Louisiana, while Hurricane Irma battered Florida and other states in the Southeast.