Parts of the US Gulf Coast were hit by flooding and power cuts after Hurricane Nate made landfall at the weekend, but the region was spared the catastrophic damage caused by a series of powerful storms in recent weeks.
The storm – the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 – quickly lost strength as it pushed northwards into Alabama and Georgia.
It was a category one hurricane when it first came ashore early on Sunday near Biloxi, Mississippi, before moving back out to sea and then back inland in southeastern Louisiana.
No storm-related deaths or injuries have been reported.
Lee Smithson, director of Mississippi’s emergency management agency, said damage from Hurricane Nate was minimised because of lessons learned from Katrina.
He said: “If that same storm would have hit us 15 years ago, the damage would have been extensive and we would have had loss of life.
“But we have rebuilt the coast in the aftermath of Katrina higher and stronger.”
Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel added: “We are thankful because this looked like it was going to be a freight train barreling through the city.”
More than 100,000 people were without power in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida, but crews managed to restore electricity to most of them within 24 hours.
Hurricane Nate had killed at least 22 people in Central America after heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides.
But it did not reach the intensity of the season’s other hurricanes – Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Most of the oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico had been shut down in the path of the storm.
Tornado warnings remain in place as the remnants of the storm move north towards New York this week.