Tropical Storm Nate’s Affects on Alabama/ Georgia

Hurricane Nate brushed the local area as it made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and raced rapidly northward Sunday, bringing minor impacts to mainly our Alabama counties.

The Columbus metro area was largely spared from the brunt of the storm, although isolated power outages were reported Saturday night and Sunday.

A large tree was reported down in Eufaula late Sunday morning near Medical Center Barbour.

More trees and power lines were reported down in Alabama just west of the viewing area in parts of Macon, Pike, and Tallapoosa counties.

Winds gusted to 37 mph at the Columbus Metropolitan Airport and 36 mph at the Auburn University Airport at the peak of the storm near the midday hour Sunday.

Possible tornadoes spawned by Nate struck further west Saturday night in parts of central Alabama, causing damage in Autauga and Lowndes counties. National Weather Service survey crews will be on site Monday to confirm if the damage was tornadic in nature.

The storm made landfall near Biloxi, Miss. early Sunday morning, bringing strong winds and storm surge to parts of the Mississippi and Alabama coasts. As many as 100,000 customers were without power during the peak of the storm in those two states.

Nate weakened rapidly upon landfall, dissipating to a tropical depression on the Alabama-Tennessee border late Sunday afternoon.

No deaths have been reported from the storm in the U.S., but nearly two dozen died in Central America on Friday from Nate-induced flooding and mudslides.

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