Tropical Storm Nate’s winds rapidly weaken over Alabama

New Orleans: Tropical Storm Nate rapidly weakened as it moved over Alabama on Sunday, although the fast-moving former hurricane rattled the doors of Biloxi’s casinos and left gambling floors and highways in the region flooded after making its landfall in Mississippi.

Its maximum sustained winds dropped to 70kmh as it moved northeast into Alabama, prompting the National Hurricane Centre to end its tropical storm warning for the region east of the Alabama-Florida border on Sunday morning. 

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Nate is the fourth major tropical storm to hit the United States in less than two months.

The fourth major storm to strike the United States in less than two months, Nate killed at least 30 people in Central America before entering the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and bearing down on the US South. It has also shut down most oil and gas production in the Gulf.

Nate follows a succession of big Atlantic hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, that have devastated areas of the Caribbean and southern United States in the last two months.

The storm’s centre will move inland over Mississippi and across the deep south, Tennessee Valley and Central Appalachian Mountains through to Monday, the National Hurricane Centre said. Heavy rainfall and storm surge flooding continued to be a danger across the region.