Hurricane Nate is expected to become a Category 2 storm with sustained winds between 96 and 110 miles per hour by the time it makes landfall near New Orleans. The storm left an estimated 21 people dead after passing over Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras on Thursday before being upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane late Friday. After landing in Louisiana, it will likely sweep east toward Alabama and Florida. "There is no need to panic," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) after declaring a state of emergency. "Be ready and prepare." The hurricane "will be a quicker moving storm than the last few we have had," said CNN meteorologist Haley Brink.
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