Tropical Storm Gordon Threatens Gulf Coast

07 September, 2018, 14:28 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • National Hurricane Center

The strong tropical storm had maximum winds of 70 miles per hour at the time of landfall.

Storm warnings are in effect for parts of south Florida and the Keys as tropical storm Gordon takes aim at the Gulf Coast.

"Gordon will not be just a coastal event, and not just wind but also water could be damaging, risky and even deadly, especially if preparations are not rushed to completion as early as possible today before tropical storm conditions arrive", said Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert.

On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Tuesday, and will approach the north-central Gulf Coast within the warning area late Tuesday afternoon or evening, and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday. Beachgoers in the area were warned Wednesday of risky rip currents that prompted red-flag warnings, meaning it was illegal to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service said current conditions were "somewhat favorable" for tornadoes in affected parts of South Florida on Monday. Storm totals of 2 to 4 inches, locally up to six, are expected across a large area of Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties where a Flood Watch continues through 11 pm.

A storm surge watch was in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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Although some storm systems have been known to help dissipate Red Tide, it was unclear Monday how the churn from Gordon may affect the toxic algae bloom blanketing 130 miles of the southwest Florida coast.

A storm surge warning has been issued for the area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. The region could see rising waters of 3ft to 5ft.

As a precaution, Governor Edwards confirmed 200 members of the Louisiana National Guard will be sent to the southeastern portion of the state on Tuesday morning.

"Little change in strength is expected through tonight, but some weakening is forecast on Wednesday and continue through Friday, " forecasters said. Other Associated Press contributors include Stacey Plaisance in Gulfport, Mississipi; Gerald Herbert in Biloxi, Mississippi; Kevin McGill in New Orleans; Jeff Martin and Ben Nadler in Atlanta; Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy in Jackson, Mississippi; Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama; Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, South Carolina.

Bottled water shelves are empty in Pascagoula, MS as the town prepares for Tropical Storm Gordon. Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many hustled to protect their properties ahead of the storm.

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