Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage wreaked by a series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks.

Nate — the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 — quickly lost power, with its winds diminishing to a tropical depression as it pushed northward into Alabama and toward Georgia with heavy rain. It was a Category 1 hurricane when it came ashore outside Biloxi early Sunday, its second landfall after initially hitting southeastern Louisiana on Saturday evening.

The storm surge from the Mississippi Sound littered Biloxi’s main beachfront highway with debris and flooded a casino’s lobby and parking structure overnight.
By dawn, however, Nate’s receding floodwaters didn’t reveal any obvious signs of widespread damage in the city where Hurricane Katrina had leveled thousands of beachfront homes and businesses.

Nate initially made landfall Saturday evening in Louisiana, but fears that it would overwhelm the fragile pumping system in New Orleans proved to be unfounded. The storm passed to the east of New Orleans, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu lifted a curfew on the city known for its all-night partying.

More than 100,000 residents in Mississippi and Alabama were without power Sunday morning, but no storm-related deaths or injuries were immediately reported. (AP)
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Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Lawrence Carriere checks on the home of his neighbor after a tree fell on it and crashed through the roof, in Biloxi, Miss., in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Crimson Peters, 7, left, Tracy Neilsen, 13, center, and Macee Nelson, 15, ride in an inner tube down a flooded street after Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Coden, Ala. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

A Home Depot sign damaged by Hurricane Nate is seen in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S., October 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Floodwaters surround a condo in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate on Sunday Oct. 8, 2017, in Pensacola Beach. (Photo: Brendan Farrington/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

A man washes shutters damaged by Hurricane Nate in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S. October 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Workers clear trees from power lines in Biloxi, Miss., in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

John Codella clears debris caused by Hurricane Nate from his yard, in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S., October 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Lighthouse Pier is seen damaged by Hurricane Nate, in Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S., October 8, 2017. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Many docks and boat ramps like this one on Cinco Bayou are submerged in water due to flooding from Hurricane Nate on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (Photo: Nick Tomecek/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Tim Neilsen III, 16, is chased by his dog “Chevy” through flood waters that filled their front yard after Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Coden, Ala. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

A large truck drives through a flooded Water St. in downtown Mobile, Ala., during Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. Hurricane Nate came ashore along Mississippi’s coast outside Biloxi early Sunday, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

Lanny Dean, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, takes video as he wades along a flooded Beach Boulevard next to Harrahs Casino as the eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore in Biloxi, Mississippi October 8, 2017. Hurricane Nate flooded the parking garage and first floors of Golden Nugget, Harrahs and other casinos as it made a second landfall on the Mississippi coast as a category 1 storm. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

People seen in the hurricane shelter set up in the Belle Chasse High School gym in advance of Hurricane Nate in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, U.S. October 7, 2017. Photo taken October 7, 2017. (Photo: Jessica Resnick-Ault /Reuters)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

A flooded street is seen in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., October 8, 2017, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Photo: Michael Schubert via Reuters)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

A sailboat is washed up on the beach in Biloxi, Miss., early Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, after Hurricane Nate came ashore on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Hurricane Nate brought flooding and power outages to the Gulf Coast as it sloshed ashore outside Biloxi early Sunday, the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo: Jeff Amy/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

A vehicle drives through a flooded street in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., October 8, 2017, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. (Photo: Michael Schubert via Reuters)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

A woman wades through a flooded Water St. in downtown Mobile, Ala., during Hurricane Nate, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Mobile, Ala. Hurricane Nate came ashore along Mississippi’s coast outside Biloxi early Sunday, the first hurricane to make landfall in the state since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP)

Nate brings flooding and power outages along the U.S. Gulf Coast

The eye of Hurricane Nate pushes ashore at a category 1 storm in Biloxi, Mississippi October 7, 2017. (Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)