A resident looks at damages caused by the overflowing of the Masachapa River following the passage of Tropical Storm Nate in the city of Masachapa, Nicaragua on October 5, 2017.
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By Kate Samuelson and Pratheek Rebala
Updated: October 8, 2017 8:08 AM ET | Originally published: October 6, 2017

Hurricane Nate slammed into the Gulf Coast twice over the weekend as a Category 1 storm before weakening as it moved inland Sunday morning.

As of 5 a.m. Sunday, Nate had been downgraded to a tropical storm after battering the central Gulf Coast region with heavy rains and whipping winds of up to 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane Nate touched down in Plaquemines Parish, La. Saturday evening — sparing New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. New Orlean’s mayor lifted the 7 p.m. curfew Saturday night after the storm’s track changed.

It made a second landfall outside Biloxi, Miss. early Sunday with sustained winds of nearly 85 mph — the first hurricane to hit Mississippi since Katrina.

“This is the worst hurricane that has impacted Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina,” Mississippi Emergency Management Director Lee Smithson said Saturday, according to the Associated Press. “Everyone needs to understand that, that this is a significantly dangerous situation.”

Nate, which is now a tropical storm, is now moving northeast at 23 mph, according to the AP.

Click or tap the arrows in the hurricane map below to follow Hurricane Nate’s path as tracked by the National Hurricane Center.

The arrival of Nate follows back-to-back disasters wrought by hurricanes flattening islands in the Caribbean and parts of the U.S. mainland this year. The NHC said that September 2017 was the most active month on record for tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin.

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