Tropical Storm Gordon Sets Sights on Mississippi
- Author: Douglas Reid Sep 07, 2018,
Sep 07, 2018, 0:20
Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour and the system is moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.
The area along the coast (including parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi), is now under a hurricane watch, and forecasters do believe that the storm could reach a Category 1 hurricane before it reaches land.
After pounding South Florida with heavy rain and strong winds Monday, Tropical Storm Gordon is gaining strength and taking aim at the Gulf Coast.
The Weather Prediction Center is forecasting rain totals as high as 5 inches through Wednesday morning in South Florida.
Tropical Storm Gordon has formed and is continuing to strengthen.
Sustained winds this morning at Palm Beach International Airport have been running about 9 to 20 mph, with a 21 mph gust recorded before 2 a.m. Miami International Airport reported gusts of up to 35 mph before 9 a.m.
A tropical depression or tropical storm may form in the Northern Gulf of Mexico this week.
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John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast. Regardless of the storm's track, heavy rain is the primary threat from this potential tropical system.
Gordon is expected to produce rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over southern Alabama, southern and central MS, and southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches through late Thursday, according to the hurricane center. The system is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms and the hurricane center said some slow development of this new system is possible during the next several days while it moves westward across the eastern tropical Atlantic.
For now it appears that flooding and storm surge will be the primary concerns for areas near landfall. That may increase Tuesday as Gordon makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm is expected to make landfall in the southern Louisiana area around New Orleans sometime Tuesday night.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from west of Shell Beach to the Mouth of the Mississippi River. and east of Dauphin Island to Navarre.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning areas.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents from Tropical Storm Gordon. A tropical storm warning is in effect for much of Louisiana's southeastern coast.