Monday, 22 October, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens Gulf Coast, hurricane warning in place

UPDATE: Gusty showers hitting southern Palm Beach County as Gordon passes Warnings Issued As Tropical Storm Gordon Hits Florida. Here's Where It's Headed Next
Eleanor Moreno | 05 September, 2018, 06:00

As much as 8 inches (20 centimetres) of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday.

Storm Gordon is now battering South Florida with powerful gusts and heavy rain and it is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall just east of Louisiana.

Tropical storm and storm surge warnings were in effect along a long stretch of the central Gulf Coast from Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain, to the Alabama-Florida border. It had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour late Monday. But it's expected to make landfall Tuesday night in the northern Gulf Coast as only a Category 1 hurricane.

"Gordon will bring heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions to portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys today and a tropical storm warning is in effect for these areas", the hurricane center said Monday.

The storm's predicted track had shifted slightly east as of Monday evening, meaning Louisiana is now just outside the area under the hurricane warning.


Miami Beach police told residents on Twitter that Monday was "NOT".

With strong winds pushing against the coast, there is the concern of a 3-5 foot storm surge in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. But authorities are also issuing a voluntary evacuation order for people outside the city's levee protection system. This will mean some flooding possibilities for Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the Mobile area. The area already has been impacted heavily by this summer's so-called "red tide"- massive algae blooms that have caused waves of dead marine life to wash along the coast. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions. Many replies to various National Weather Service accounts or other outlets with their pleas that the storm veer spontaneously away, as the Gulf coast is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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 previous year."We've just about got things cleaned up", Collier told WPMI".

"We're asking people to do the same things that we're doing: prepare", Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said in a statement. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect.

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