Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane

Gulf Coast prepares for Gordon's expected arrival as hurricane

The storm was forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the central Gulf Coast Tuesday evening, likely between Mobile and New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tampa Bay was pelted with bands of rain and occasionally gusty winds from Tropical Storm Gordon on Monday, but Gulf Coast states could be in for worse.

Jake Wilson told WEAR-TV that the strong wind was bringing a lateral current "where it's just going to push you down the beach".

Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm's arrival.

The Hurricane Center issued storm surge warnings from Shell Beach, the MS border with Alabama.

Tropical storm force winds could arrive along the coast by Tuesday afternoon.

Gordon was generating winds of 105km/h on Tuesday as it steamed west-northwest at 27km/h, the National Hurricane Centre said.

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Gordon is not a large storm, so that could lead to a sharp drop-off for wind and rain impacts across Alabama, Beaman said. A storm surge watch spread west to the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, and east to Navarre, Florida.

After periods of heavy rainfall, flood advisories were in effect for parts of South Florida late Monday.

A hurricane watch - meaning that hurricane conditions are possible - was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

Tropical Storm Gordon has left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend. It predicts rising waters of 3 to 5 feet in an area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana to Dauphin Island, Alabama. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect.

Tropical storm warnings extend to the west to around New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain and to the east over the western Florida panhandle.

There is a Storm Surge Watch in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon. Gordon has intensified with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and continues to have an improved structure on satellite and radar (see Fig. 1).

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