Storm Nate downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm

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Storm Nate downgraded from hurricane to tropical storm

Storm Nate arrived in the American state of Louisiana late on Saturday night, classed as a hurricane with maximum winds of 85mph.

It then moved east towards Biloxi, Mississippi, where it was downgraded to a tropical storm.

People in the those states, and in Alabama and Florida, are being moved to safer areas.

The storm has caused flooding, and weather officials are warning there could still be dangerous storm surges.

On Friday Nate hit the Central American countries of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Honduras.

It caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which blocked roads, destroyed bridges and damaged houses. 25 people sadly died.

In Costa Rica, nearly 400,000 people lost running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters.

Tropical Storm Nate gains strength in the Caribbean Sea as it moves toward the U.S. Gulf Coast in this NOAA Satellite image taken October 6, 2017.Reuters
This satellite image shows Tropical Storm Nate gaining strength in the Caribbean Sea, as it moved toward the U.S. Gulf Coast

The tropical storm then strengthened to a category one hurricane as it headed across the Carribean Sea towards the US.

But was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center after it arrived on land.

Although not as strong as other recent storms like Harvey, Maria and Irma, Storm Nate is still causing a lot of damage.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday issued an emergency declaration for Louisiana and Mississippi.

This means the state is allowed to ask for help from the regional government with preparation and possible relief efforts.

In southern Alabama, around 5,000 people were left without power, and while a curfew in New Orleans has been lifted, with people being asked to stay in shelters.

But the impact in the US has, so far, not been as high as people feared.