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Hurricane warning issued for New Orleans, Mayor sets curfew for the city

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A hurricane warning has been issued for the New Orleans area and the mayor has set a curfew for 6 pm Saturday due to Tropical Storm Nate.

The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane and storm surge warnings for southeast Louisiana and the Mississippi and Alabama coasts. States of emergency were declared in all three states as Nate - which has already killed at least 21 people in Central America - became the latest in a succession of destructive storms this hurricane season.

Nate is forecast to dump 3 to 6 inches of rain on the region - with isolated totals of up to 12 inches. That much rain led authorities to warn of flash flooding and mudslides. By midafternoon Friday, Nate was moving at a speed of 21 mph (33 kph). Its center was located about 125 miles (200 kilometers) east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and was expected to reach the U.S. late Saturday or early Sunday.
  
Evacuation orders were issued for some coastal communities, including the Louisiana towns of Jean Lafitte and Grand Isle.  In addition, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered Lake St. Catherine, Venetian Isles and all areas outside the New Orlean's flood protection system.

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