Tropical storm: Gordon expected to hit MS with hurricane force

Posted September 05, 2018

The National Hurricane Center said tropical storm-force winds would hit parts of southeast Louisiana and the MS coast by late Tuesday, with hurricane conditions also expected in the central Gulf Coast late Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center's 5 p.m. EDT advisory for Tropical Storm Gordon included a newly issued storm surge watch east of Dauphin Island, Alabama to Navarre, Florida.

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

"This is normally a decent weekend, but the storm and red tide aren't helping", Wright said.

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

As much as eight inches of rain could fall in some parts of the gulf states through late Thursday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Esbensen said the storm's track shows it will likely make landfall on the MS coast, and forecasters are reasonably confident the track won't shift much, if at all.

Gordon, which was not forecast to be a major hurricane, was expected to weaken rapidly after moving ashore, the hurricane center said.

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"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. It's moving to the northwest toward the coast at 14 miles per hour (22 kph).

L. J. Cazaux moved his boat to a nearby lot of elevated land before the rain started in Venetian Isles.

Heavy rainfall from Gordon likely will affect an area from the Louisiana coast through the Florida Panhandle and inland along the storm's track, according to the hurricane center. But forecasters warn that the storm, which is expected to achieve hurricane status by Sunday, is still far out in the Atlantic and could change course.

As Florence spun in the open ocean, Tropical Storm Gordon approached the Gulf Coast after drenching parts of Florida. While that storm has already caused evacuations and oil prices to surge, forecasters are keeping an eye on what could come next. Rainfall totals of 2-5 inches are likely over Southern Alabama and MS with isolated amounts over 5 inches possible near the coast.

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