Biloxi, Mobile face flooding, but Hurricane Nate spares region

This is a picture of downtown Mobile, AL, near the convention center that was posted to Twitter by Fox10 meteorologist Adam Olivier.

This is a picture of downtown Mobile, AL, near the convention center that was posted to Twitter by Fox10 meteorologist Adam Olivier.

Hurricane Nate came ashore late Saturday night and by this morning had been downgraded to tropical storm with winds of 45 mph gusting to 55 mph at times as it moves toward the north-northeast at more than 25 mph.

The storm made landfall in Louisiana Saturday night and a second landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in Biloxi, Mississippi. Heavy rainfall should continue along the southeast today before the remnants quickly move out of the area, bringing rain and gusty winds to the Northeast on Monday, the Weather Channel said.

A flash flood watch is in effect for Birmingham, AL, where rainfall of 2 to 4 inches additional today with locally higher amounts is possible.

“Nate will bring heavy rainfall of 3 to 6 inches with isolated totals of 10 inches east of the Mississippi River from the central Gulf Coast into the Deep South, eastern Tennessee Valley, and southern Appalachians through Monday, resulting in the potential for flash flooding in these areas,” the National Hurricane Center said. “Moisture from Nate interacting with a frontal zone will also bring 2 to 5 inches of rain with isolated totals of 7 inches across the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians Sunday and Monday, which will increase the risk for flash flooding across these locations.” notes that the quick forward speed of Nate will bring strong winds capable of downing trees and causing structural damage far inland, including to areas such as Birmingham, Huntsville, Atlanta, Chattanooga and Knoxville Sunday and Sunday night. 

According to supply chain risk analysis firm Riskpulse, areas of Tennessee as well as Alabama and Mississippi remain trouble spots for any carrier or shipper with assets in the region.

It appears that much of the southeast may have dodge major damage that Florida and Texas suffered from more powerful Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In Mobile County in Alabama, officials told that there had been only light damage to roads and only a couple of roads were impassable.

There were reports of some areas of Alabama and Mississippi flooding, including a major road in Mobile, but no indications that the flooding was widespread. At least 100,000 people in the region were without power, officials said.

In Jackson County, MS, officials with the Office of Emergency Services said there had been no reports of major damage in the county and let expire a curfew that that had been in effect for residents.

Brian Straight

Brian Straight has covered the U.S. trucking and transportation community for more than 10 years, winning numerous regional and national editorial awards, including a Jesse. H. Neal Award. Prior to working on FreightWaves, Brian spent 10 years at industry trade magazine Fleet Owner, and prior to that managed daily newspaper editorial operations.