Tropical Storm Gordon's rain and winds lash Alabama coast

Is it safe to visit Florida? Weather travel update as tropical storm heads to Florida Keys
Is it safe to visit Florida? Weather travel update as tropical storm heads to Florida Keys
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05 September, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon is continuing to gain strength Tuesday morning and is expected to become a hurricane later in the day when it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast, including coastal Mississippi.

"On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will move across the northern Gulf of Mexico [on Tuesday], and will approach the north-central Gulf Coast within the hurricane warning area late [Tuesday] afternoon or evening, and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley tonight and early Wednesday", the NHC said.

Tropical storm warnings stretched from portions of South Florida (from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach), and for the Florida Keys (from Craig Key to Ocean Reef), including Florida Bay, and from the Okaloosa-Walton County Line westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

The hurricane center said Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was continuing to move toward the northwest at 12 miles per hour. Many replies to various National Weather Service accounts or other outlets with their pleas that the storm veer spontaneously away, as the Gulf coast is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Gordon is not a large storm, so that could lead to a sharp drop-off for wind and rain impacts across Alabama, Beaman said.

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Tropical-storm-force winds extend about 80 miles from the center.

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In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. We got out of it barely alive."Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf, said the storm was approaching just as the island was finishing up recovery from Hurricane Nate past year."We've just about got things cleaned up", Collier told WPMI.

The Florida Keys have already experienced the heavy rain and wind from the tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to smack the Gulf Coast on Tuesday night - possibly as a hurricane - and could bring life-threatening storm surge to low-lying coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, forecasters said. The wave is located more than 400 miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A number of schools across Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and MS will not open Tuesday and others announced they would close early ahead of the storm's arrival. "We're a beach coffee shop, and if people can't go to the beach, then we won't get any customers". In this zone, the water could rise up 3 to 5 feet above normally dry land at the coast.


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