Tropical Storm Gordon lashing Panhandle, expected to become hurricane before landfall

06 September, 2018, 07:44 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Tropical Storm Gordon approaches Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon slammed into the eastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, flooding roads and causing minor damage to some homes, but the storm missed Louisiana and most of the MS coast nearly entirely, and never became a hurricane.

The Miami-based forecasting center said Tuesday that Gordan struck about 10 p.m.

This is the first confirmed death possibly related to Tropical Storm Gordon.

Forecasters say Gordon, after some strengthening late Tuesday, now packs top sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

People in the Gulf Coast are dealing with heavy flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon.

The storm was due to come ashore late Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches of rain in areas still recovering from last year's hurricanes.

In the areas under watches and warnings, storm conditions began Tuesday, including heavy rain of up to 8 inches, with isolated amounts of 12 inches.

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.

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As Tropical Storm Gordon heads toward the MS coast, we asked if the storm will affect Fort Worth.

Oil and gas companies in the Gulf of Mexico also evacuated more than 50 platforms as the storm swept in, temporarily halting production. The outages primarily affected Alabama, with cuts also reported around the western edge of the Florida Panhandle around Pensacola as well as in Mississippi.

Image: The path of the storm.

Escambia county received 10 calls overnight for downed trees in roadways, along with multiple reports of arcing power lines as the storm blew through with peak gusts of 98 km/h.

Despite the warnings, Gordon is not expected to become a major hurricane and is forecast to waken significantly when it makes landfall.

On Dauphin Island, Alabama, residents and visitors didn't seem overly concerned.

"When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across".

Mayor LaToya Cantrell had issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside the levee system. On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will move across the lower Mississippi Valley Wednesday. As a high end tropical storm just 4mph shy of hurricane status, the rainfall, wind, and storm surge impacts are expected to be the same as if it did. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said.

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