Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon strikes

Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon strikes

Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon strikes

A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, Louisiana and MS as Tropical Storm Gordon heads for America's Gulf Coast.

Governors in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have declared states of emergency, according to NPR, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked for "Floridians and our visitors to remain vigilant", according to a statement.

Evacuation orders have been issued for parts of Louisiana as forecasters predict severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

The tropical storm - which officially formed Monday morning near the Florida Keys - brought a wet Labor Day to Florida, with scattered showers soaking the Bay Area most of the afternoon.

Forecasters said it was possible Gordon's winds might meet the 74 miles per hour threshold to be a hurricane before making landfall later Tuesday.

Four to eight inches of rain is expected over over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through late Thursday. But for some people, it was just another beach day with a bit of a breeze.

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But much of the storms effects will bypass the Tampa Bay area completely, according to Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Ruskin. Police planned to monitor the only highway to the mainland.

The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents.

The US Coast Guard also said the ports of New Orleans as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours.

"Whether or not Florence remains a danger to only shipping interests or threatens land will depend on how far west the storm tracks", Accuweather reported. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

Gordon wasn't the only storm being watched by forecasters.

A roundup of early modeling data shows what tries to develop off of Africa favoring a path south of where Hurricane Florence is, with a general west to northwest motion.

John District on September 6, while Hurricane Maria struck St. Croix two weeks later on September 19. They were likening conditions to 2017's Hurricane Nate, which was mostly a rainmaker by the time it got there.

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