The good news as Nate continues its northern trek is that all watches and warnings along the Gulf Coast and for Northwestern Florida are now discontinued. But there are road closures and a large swath of power outages being worked on by electric crews.

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Moving toward Birmingham, Alabama, at 11 a.m., Nate has been downgraded to a tropical depression in the latest report from the National Hurricane Center.

The good news as Nate continues its northern trek is that all watches and warnings along the Gulf Coast and for Northwestern Florida are now discontinued.

On the forecast track, Nate's center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.

Okaloosa County road closures

The Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety has reported that there are no bridges in the county and a handful of road closures due to flooding:

-West side of Valley Road at First Ave. in Crestview

-Intersection of Billy Lundy and Senterfitt Road in Laurel Hill

-Intersection of Hasty Lane and Union St. in Niceville

-Senterfitt Road at N. State Road 85 in Laurel Hill is closed due to a downed tree

-Meigs Drive in Shalimar is closed due to flooding near the lift station.

Santa Rosa County road closures

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the following roads/bridges have been reported closed due to water over the road. Crews are checking the status and water is expected to recede so roads may be reopening soon.

-Beach Road/399 between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach

-Road leading to South Garcon Boat Ramp

-Road leading to Archie Glover Boat Ramp

-Pearson Road in Milton

-Michael Drive in Milton

-Andrew Jackson in Floridatown

-Oriole Street in Milton

-DaLisa at Renae in Milton

-Marshall Road (no thru traffic) in Milton

-Madura Road in Gulf Breeze

-Both bridges on Henry Street in Bagdad

CHELCO restores power

CHELCO crews have restored power to most affected members who lost power as a result of the storm.

Currently, less than 350 CHELCO members remain without power in about 50 separate outages, down from a high of over 1,600 members in 67 incidents peaking during early morning hours.

CHELCO crews worked through the night and morning with approximately 50 personnel, including contractors, and 40 vehicles deployed throughout the service area.

High-winds and heavy rains pushed trees and limbs onto the lines causing most of the outages. Members in Bruce were also affected by damage to a couple of poles.

Gulf Power power outages

At 11 a.m., Gulf Power crews were out across Okaloosa County working on 78 different outage reports.

According to its power outage m ap, a total of 2,118 customers are affected.

Region spared catastrophic damage

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 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 rains. It was a Category 1 hurricane at landfall outside Biloxi early Sunday.

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.

After daybreak, Sean Stewart checked on his father's sailboat at a Biloxi marina. Another sailboat had sunk, with its sail still fluttering in Nate's diminishing winds, but Stewart was relieved to find his father's boat intact.

"I got lucky on this one," he said.

Before Nate sped past Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula late Friday and entered the Gulf of Mexico, it drenched Central America with rains that left at least 22 people dead. Nate didn't approach the intensity of other recent hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — that left behind death and destruction during 2017's exceptionally busy hurricane season.

"We are thankful because this looked like it was going to be a freight train barreling through the city," said Vincent Creel, a spokesman for the city of Biloxi.

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the four hurricanes that have struck the U.S. and its territories this year have "strained" resources, with roughly 85 percent of the agency's forces deployed.

"We're still working massive issues in Harvey, Irma, as well as the issues in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and now this one," FEMA Administrator Brock Long told ABC's "This Week."

Nate initially made landfall Saturday evening in Louisiana, but fears that the storm would overwhelm the fragile pumping system in New Orleans proved to be unfounded.

It passed to the east of New Orleans on Saturday night, 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 in those states or in Louisiana.

In Alabama, Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier said he woke up around 3 a.m. Sunday to discover knee-deep water in his yard. Although some homes and cars on the island had flooded, Collier said he hadn't heard of any reports of residents needing to be rescued.

"We didn't think it would be quite that bad," he said. "It kind of snuck up on us in the wee hours of the morning."

At landfall in Mississippi, the fast-moving storm had maximum sustained winds near 85 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Nate was steadily weakening after making its first landfall in a sparsely populated area of Plaquemines Parish.

Nate was expected to bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Deep South, eastern Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians through Monday. The Ohio Valley and central Appalachians could also get heavy rain.


Hurricane Nate struck the Gulf Coast near the mouth of the Mississippi on Saturday night and then veered over Mississippi and Alabama, leaving serious flooding in its wake.

Now located 95 miles east-southeast of Montgomery, Alabama, Nate will continue barreling through the South on Sunday with rains and more flooding expected, according to the 7 a.m. report from the National Hurricane Center.

Storm surge along the Gulf Coast was significant overnight and remains a major concern at daybreak. As an example, television images showed several feet of flood waters inside the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, plus Mobile Bay waters right at the top of the wall for the concrete barrier along Interstate 10.

Residents of Mobile are waking up Sunday morning to significant flooding of streets throughout the downtown area.

Locally, there are numerous watches and warnings in effect as storm surge and wind remain threats for Northwest Florida.

A Tornado Watch is in effect across the region until 10 a.m. for Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties.

The Hurricane Center noted that isolated tornadoes are possible today, mainly from the Florida Panhandle and eastern Alabama across western and northern Georgia.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Okaloosa County and northeastern Santa Rosa County.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Okaloosa/Walton county line.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Alabama/Florida border east to Indian Pass near Apalachicola.

On the forecast track, Nate's center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.

With maximum sustained winds at 45 mph with higher gusts, according to the Hurricane Center report, Nate is moving toward the north-northeast near 23 mph. A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Nate's center will continue to move inland across the Deep South, Tennessee Valley, and central Appalachian Mountains through Monday.