Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon strikes

STORM UPDATE: Santa Rosa County public schools early release Tuesday - South Santa Rosa News Tropical Storm Gordon in gulf, moving away from Florida
Edmund Robinson | 05 September, 2018, 15:03

The National Hurricane Center has continued a Hurricane Warning for the Alabama & Mississippi Gulf Coasts through Wednesday, with a Tropical Storm Warning along the coast of Louisiana & Florida.

Tropical-storm force winds were already lashing the Alabama and western Florida panhandle coastlines and some areas still recovering from last year's storms could see 12 inches (30 cm) of rain. Additionally the National Hurricane Center is reporting Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges to portions of the central Gulf Coast, with surge warnings issued for the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Flooding was also a risk.

It said the system is forecast to move slowly westward to west-northwestward across the eastern tropical Atlantic for the next several days, and environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more conducive for development.

Two men fish as rain and wind are whipped up by tropical storm Gordon on Monday in Miami.

Tropical Storm Gordon is the primary concern. "We're all being cautious and keeping an eye on it", said Cory Parker, business agent of IATSE Local 478 in the Big Easy, whose offices are still open at this time.

"I'm asking all residents to do their part in getting ready for this storm", New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. The heavy rain is north and east of the center of the storm, or over MS and Alabama.




In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

Gordon is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane, with sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour, before it reaches the north central Gulf Coast, the National Hurricane Center said. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said. MS shut down a dozen Gulf Coast casinos.

Slight strengthening could still occur, with Gordon potentially a category 1 hurricane as it makes landfall tonight near Biloxi, Mississippi. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle called for a voluntary evacuation of the barrier island.

"You just blend it into your lifestyle when you live outside the levee system".

The storm could be weakened by another storm in the area, say weather forecasters. In this scenario, the storm could be forced west and move toward the eastern US coast.

Florence is not a threat to land and there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for this storm.

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