Hurricane Nate to bring heavy rain to region

Hurricane Nate, downgraded to a tropical depression — one notch below a tropical storm — is expected to soak the region on Monday.

The hurricane, which made landfall on the central Gulf Coast on Saturday, has weakened and will move Northeast on Sunday night through Monday night, bringing about an inch of rain to Philadelphia and the region. Closer to four inches will fall across Western Pennsylvania and New York.

The dousing will occur during a six- to 12-hour time frame, most likely late morning to early evening on Monday. It should bring minimal to no flooding and mild winds between 10 and 12 miles per hour, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Frank Strait said.

In the Philadelphia region, some airlines were already offering customers alternative flight options for Monday.

“It’s basically going to give you a rainy day and it could rain hard for a time, but it won’t be anything terribly serious for your area,” Strait said. He added that the rain would benefit the Northeast, which has experienced a dry spell over the last month.

Nate is the third hurricane to hit the United States in six weeks and the first to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Flooding and power outages were reported in Alabama, Mississippi, and parts of Georgia and Tennessee.

At least 28 people were killed Thursday when the storm hit Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras.