Gordon makes landfall on Gulf Coast

07 September, 2018, 14:29 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
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This disturbance is forecast to bring rain to parts of southern Florida and the keys on Monday afternoon, with the rainier weather reaching the Big Bend by Tuesday.

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

Gordon was located about 450km east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was packing maximum sustained winds of 100km/h, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

More than 27,000 customers were without power as Gordon began pushing ashore, mostly in coastal Alabama and the western tip of the Florida Panhandle around Pensacola, with a few hundred in southeastern Mississippi. Tornadoes are also possible through Wednesday night over MS and western Alabama, it added.

Gordon strengthened rapidly overnight, and it was expected to hit the central Gulf of Mexico sometime late Tuesday.

A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire MS and Alabama coasts with the possibility Gordon would become a Category 1 storm.

A Tropical Storm Watch could be coming to the Northern Gulf Coast as early as Sunday night, as the National Hurricane Center has upped the chance of tropical development for a system over the Bahamas to 90 percent in the next five days.

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"The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the NHC forecast warns. The warning means there is danger of life-threatening inundation.

"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

The warning is related to potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which, if it organizes into a tropical storm, will become Tropical Storm Gordon.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana had all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many hustled to protect their properties ahead of the storm.

Well out into the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Florence continues to move west-northwestward as it flirts with hurricane strength.

The warning covers all of coastal MS and Alabama, the National Hurricane Center said.

And in the eastern Pacific, neither Hurricane Norman nor Tropical Storm Olivia is forecast to affect any land areas.

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