Since Hurricane Nate struck states along the Gulf Coast, Americares emergency team has been in contact with more than 30 regional partners to assess immediate needs. The storm made first landfall at the mouth of the Mississippi River as a Category 1 hurricane; it then made a second landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, continuing inland at fast-moving pace through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Nate is the fourth hurricane in 45 days to hit the US in the 2017 hurricane season - the most since 2005. Three of them, Harvey, Irma and Maria, were Category 4 storms.
We are currently responding to Harvey, Irma and Maria as survivors struggle in the aftermath of horrific destruction. Louisiana was declared a federal disaster area, although New Orleans has been spared the worst of the storm. Alabama and Mississippi are also dealing with power outages and flooding. The fast moving storm quickly weakened into a tropical depression as it moved inland. Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua were pummeled by the storm which left as many as 25 dead.
Should Americares raise funds in excess of what's needed to respond to this particular crisis, the funds will be redirected to where the need is greatest.