(TNS) - The Columbia, Tenn., Fire Department diligently monitored weather forecasts as the remains of Hurricane Nate traveled inland after the storm made its second landfall early Sunday morning in Mississippi.
"We are monitoring weather conditions for change, but have no emergency concerns at this time," Columbia Fire Chief Ty Cobb told The Daily Herald on Sunday afternoon.
The National Weather Service estimated the remnants of the storm, which was downgraded to a tropical depression, dropped an inch of rain on Columbia and greater Maury County.
But despite the rain, families and friends continued to enjoy the day at Columbia's Riverwalk Park. The Carrillo family had a picnic under the park's pavilion and played a few games of basketball on its court.
"We decided to hang out here because it was peaceful," Alexis Carrillo said.
Under another pavilion home to The Columbia Farmers' Fresh Market, Vincent Kelley, 14, and his friend Caleb Cunningham, 14, set up metal bars under the structure's protection. The two skateboarded with their friends as the rain fell.
The center of the storm, moving at 20 to 25 miles an hour, was predicted to travel northward through East Tennessee and into Kentucky by midnight, NWS meteorologist Larry Vannozzi said.
"By that point, Middle Tennessee will be done with Nate," Vannozzi said.
Following the tropical depression, the NWS predicted that Columbia and greater Middle Tennessee will likely see rain showers and storms from the west starting Monday night or Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service, this second low pressure system has the potential for severe storms and high winds here in Maury County.
After the second storm, Maury County should be rain-free Wednesday through Saturday, Vannozzi said.
Nate made its second U.S. landfall near Biloxi, Miss. shortly after midnight local time Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane. Hours earlier, it made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana, where winds of 85 miles per hour were recorded, according to the National Hurricane Center.
After dropping the storm's categorization as a hurricane Sunday, the center discontinued all warnings and advisories.
The Harrison County Emergency Operations Center told news outlets that a dozen casinos in Mississippi took the rare step of closing early as the storm moved in.
Several casinos in Biloxi experienced flooding overnight in either their parking garages or entry areas, CNN reported.
"We're starting to see the water recede, and we still have some wind gusts on the back end of the storm, and we're going to have a lot of cleanup to do on our front beach," Biloxi's public affairs manager Vincent Creel told reporters.
He said that no injuries or major home damage has been reported.
"It's to be seen how much damage was done to the sand beach here in Biloxi and Harrison County," Creel said. "It looks like the beach took a pounding from the surge."
In Louisiana officials said they "dodged a bullet" as the the hurricane moved east of New Orleans.
Hurricane Nate was the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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