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Nate weakens to a tropical storm, but heavy rains still expected

Nate weakened to a tropical storm Sunday after making landfall near Biloxi, Miss., but heavy rains and storm surge flooding were still expected.

The storm — which made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane — brought heavy rainfall across the southeastern U.S.

The storm center was located about 50 miles east-southeast of Meridian, Miss., at 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

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Waves caused by Hurricane Nate pound the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

(Nick Tomecek/AP)

While a storm surge warning remained in effect for parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, New Orleans was expected to avoid major damage.

Hurricane Nate makes landfall on Gulf Coast as Category 1 storm

The storm knocked out power for more than 100,000 electric customers in Mississippi and Alabama, but no storm-related deaths or injuries were reported in the United States early Sunday.

Lawrence Carriere checks on the home of his neighbor after a tree fell on it and crashed through the roof, in Biloxi, Miss.

Lawrence Carriere checks on the home of his neighbor after a tree fell on it and crashed through the roof, in Biloxi, Miss.

(Gerald Herbert/AP)

Nate — which killed at least 30 people in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras — is expected to continue inland, traveling north as it weakens.

The storm is the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina devastated the region 12 years ago.

Johnice Katz works to clear the storm drain in front of her home in preparation for Nate in New Orleans.

Johnice Katz works to clear the storm drain in front of her home in preparation for Nate in New Orleans.

(BRYAN TARNOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Nate made first landfall Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane in Plaquemines Parish, La., at the mouth of the Mississippi River. It made a second landfall hours later near Biloxi, Miss.

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With News Wire Services

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