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The Latest: President Trump Approves Louisiana Emergency Declaration

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for a large area of Louisiana and ordered federal assistance for the state as Hurricane Nate approaches the central Gulf of Mexico. A White House statement released early Saturday said the president authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate all federal disaster relief efforts. The statement says the move is intended to speed aid, save lives and protect property and public safety in the region. It specifically identifies 17 parishes, many in coastal Louisiana. The statement comes as Nate is speeding north-northwest over the central Gulf of Mexico as a Category 1 hurricane. Forecasters say the hurricane is expected to make landfall Saturday night along the central U.S. Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Nate has gotten a little stronger as it races across the central Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Nate is moving toward the north-northwest at about 22 mph (35 kph) and the core of the hurricane is expected to make landfall Saturday night on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The center says a hurricane hunter aircraft found maximum sustained winds in the Category 1 storm have risen to near 85 mph (135 kph) with higher gusts. Forecasters say some more strengthening is possible before Nate makes landfall. At 8 a.m. EDT Saturday, Nate was centered about 245 miles (395 kilometers) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. A hurricane warning is in effect from Grand Isle, Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border as well as for the New Orleans metro area and nearby Lake Pontchartrain.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Nate continues rapidly moving over the central Gulf of Mexico. The Miami-based center says in its 4 a.m. CDT update that the storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (128.74 kph). The storm was located about 345 miles (555.2 kilometers) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was moving north-northwest at 22 mph (35 kph). Forecasters say Nate likely will reach the U.S. Gulf coast near New Orleans late Saturday. and Louisiana ordered some people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands ahead of its expected landfall Saturday night or early Sunday. Evacuations began at some offshore oil platforms in the Gulf. Mississippi’s government said it would open 11 evacuation shelters in areas away from the immediate coast, with buses available for people who can’t drive.
The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Nate is heading toward the central Gulf of Mexico and is likely to reach the U.S. Gulf Coast over the weekend. The Miami-based center says the storm had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (128.74 kph) and was likely to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico, reaching the U.S. Gulf coast near New Orleans late Saturday. Louisiana and Mississippi officials declared states of state of emergency and Louisiana ordered some people to evacuate coastal areas and barrier islands ahead of its expected landfall Saturday night or early Sunday. Evacuations began at some offshore oil platforms in the Gulf. Mississippi’s government said it would open 11 evacuation shelters in areas away from the immediate coast, with buses available for people who can’t drive. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Local Priest’s Mission Collects Emergency Supplies For Mexico, Puerto Rico

CHICAGO (CBS) — A mission of love begins late Wednesday or early Thursday as dozens of people head to Mexico from the Chicago area to help earthquake victims. Father Jose Landaverde said his “Faith, Life and Hope Mission” in West Chicago used social media, Facebook and Twitter, to spread the word that emergency supplies were being collected for Mexico and for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. He also has set up a GoFundMe page to collect monetary donations. “These donations are going to be in the hands of people who need it in Mexico and parts of Puerto Rico as soon as possible,” he said. For Mexican relief, he said, 900 tons of food, water, clothing and medical supplies have been loaded on 30 semi-tractor trailers. He said he and about 55 volunteers will start the trek on Thursday to Mexico. Fr. Landaverde said arrangements have been made to ship another couple of hundred tons of emergency supplies to Puerto Rico. The priest credits Latino businesses with also being big contributors.

Thermal structure of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria touched down in Puerto Rico. This visualization by Joshua Stevens at NASA shows what the thermal structure of the storm looked like, based on data collected by the Terra satellite.
Colder clouds, which are generally higher in the atmosphere, are shown with white. Somewhat warmer, lower clouds appear purple. The image reveals a very well-defined eye surrounded by high clouds on all sides—an indication that the storm was very intense.

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Mexican, Puerto Rican Communities Come Together To Help Native Regions

CHICAGO (CBS) — A destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico and earthquakes in Mexico bring Chicago’s Mexican and Puerto Rican communities together to try to help. The “Chicago for Mexico and Puerto Rico Relief Fund” is being organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art and the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. Checks are being accepted by both groups. An account has been set up at the Wintrust Bank branch in Pilsen. “The funds will be directed to the Red Cross in both places and we want to make sure the funds go directly to the people who need it the most,” said Carlos Cardenas of the Museum of Mexican Art. When you have tragedies of this magnitude, it’s about humanity, not about nationalism,” he said. Carlos Hernandez, executive director of the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance calls the partnership “historic.” “We’re hoping that all of us can see in our hearts, whatever nationality you be, to use the humanity that you have, to help,” said Juan Mendez, chairman of the board of the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. Antonio Pazaran has worked at the museum for nine years and said he has family and friends in Mexico. “We’re trying to get in touch with all my family in Mexico City. Obviously we couldn’t do it by regular landline. My mom and I have been trying to get a hold of all of them, the uncles, and the only way to do that was through the phone app, What’s App,” Pazaran said. He said all his family were accounted for via What’s App. He said getting actual phone calls through has been extremely spotty. One of Pazaran’s cousins posted videos of what people are really in need of including, “shovels, picks, those masks to cover for dust,” he said. An account has been set up at the Wintrust Bank branch on 18th and Blue Island Avenue in the Pilsen neighborhood. Checks can be sent there or to the National Museum of Mexican Art or the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance with the “Chicago for Mexico and Puerto Rico Relief Fund” listed in the memo section. The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance is at 3000 N. Elbridge Avenue, Chicago, 60618. The National Museum of Mexican Art is at 1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, 60608. Otherwise, donations can be made online at NationalMuseumofMexicanArt.org/relief.