Warnings Issued As Tropical Storm Gordon Hits Florida. Here's Where It's Headed Next
05 September, 2018, 06:02
Also new with this update, a Hurricane Warning has been issued from the mouth of the Pearl River over to the Alabama-Florida border.
Gordon is located about 330 miles (530 kilometers) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers/hour), the Miami-based weather forecaster said. 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).
Meteorologists were also tracking Tropical Storm Florence Monday, which was moving west with sustained winds of almost 70 mph about 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles islands.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, saying 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen were being deployed, along with 63 high-water trucks, 39 boats, and 4 helicopters. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday.
Tropical Storm Gordon's gusty winds and heavy rains began buffeting the Alabama coast on Tuesday night after coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana hustled to prepare for the deluge.
The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, promised residents that the city has "the pumps and the power" needed for the storm.
Gordon grew in size and achieved tropical-storm-force winds remarkably fast.
"It's a relatively small storm, so you could go one or two counties away from you and it wouldn't be the same impacts".
A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt.
Gordon is expected to dissipate by Saturday somewhere in the central U.S. A voluntary evacuation was requested for areas that are outside levee protection.
The storm is expected to cross from southwest Florida into the Gulf Coast later Monday afternoon.
Jenna Wright, owner of a coffee shop in Naples, Florida, told the Naples Daily News that she had expected higher numbers for the Labor Day weekend.
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".
"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared".
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