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Hurricane Nate gathered pace on Saturday as it moved away from Central America and thundered towards the Gulf Coast.
Experts are warning that the Category 1 hurricane will bring 'life threatening' storm surge to the coasts of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi after it hits on Saturday.
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As much as ten inches of rain is expected to fall and trigger flash flooding in parts. The storm has already claimed 22 lives in Central America.
Nate is expected to make landfall in southwest Alabama late on Saturday night or in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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Evacuation shelters are being prepared across the region in anticipation of the storm.
Nate is the latest in a string of deadly hurricanes which have wreaked havoc on the South, the Caribbean and parts of Central America since August.
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Residents in New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, were seen preparing for the storm with sandbags on Friday and Saturday.
Nate was suddenly upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Category 1 hurricane on Friday afternoon.
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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday ordered an evacuation of some areas and a mandatory curfew ahead of Nate.
The curfew will be in effect from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, the mayor said at a news conference.
Alabama - Florida - Louisiana - Mississippi - States
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi declared states of emergency as the storm twisted toward the US Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 22 people in Central America.
The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi and Alabama coasts.
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Nate is the latest in a succession of destructive storms this hurricane season.
The storm is forecast to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain on the region - with isolated totals of up to 12 inches. That much rain led authorities to warn of flash flooding and mudslides.
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