Some residents evacuated from New Orleans as Tropical Storm killed 25 people

Residents look at a road partially collapsed following heavy rains of Tropical Storm Nate that affects the country in El Llano de Alajuelita, Costa Rica, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate
Vastavam web: New Orleans evacuated some residents from areas outside its levee system as Tropical Storm Nate swirled toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Friday after killing at least 25 people in Central America.Nate is set to become a Category 1 hurricane, the weakest on a five-category scale used by meteorologists, by the time it hits the U.S. central Gulf Coast on Saturday night or Sunday.The greatest threat from this particular storm is not rain, but strong winds and storm surge, Landrieu said. The winds could cause significant power outages, and storm surges are projected to be six to nine feet (1.8 to 2.7 meters) high, he added.
Nate was blowing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (97 kmh) and was about 80 miles (123 km) east of the Mexican resort island of Cozumel on Friday afternoon, the NHC said.In the United States, a state of emergency was declared for 29 Florida counties and states near Nate’s path – Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi – as well as the city of New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.The NHC issued a hurricane watch from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida border.Nearly three-quarters of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil production was offline ahead of the storm, and more oil companies were halting operations late Friday.