Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Hurricane warning as Tropical Storm Gordon aims at Gulf Coast

Hurricane warning as Tropical Storm Gordon aims at Gulf Coast

Gordon was expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, northeastern Louisiana and southern Arkansas, the agency said.

Under its current track, the storm could move into the lower Mississippi Valley by Tuesday night and make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast later in the evening, forecasters said.

While Hurricane Florence is still very far away - located about 1,160 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands - its rapid intensification has surprised forecasters, and there is still some uncertainty over its eventual destination.

Gordon will make landfall in MS late Tuesday and is expected to keep moving northwest, Godwin said. A turn toward the north / northwest and north is forecast to occur on Friday as the remnants of this system move in the direction of Chicago and Lake Michigan.

After becoming a tropical storm on Labor Day, Gordon is now moving over land near the Alabama-Mississippi border, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the area. Places like La Valle, Wisconsin, have already seen more than a foot of rain. Still, the Mobile region likely will see flooding in low-lying areas and winds up to 60 miles per hour.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency, allowing them to mobilize state resources and National Guard troops to help during and after the storm.

Gordon knocked out power to about 24,000 customers across Alabama, Florida and MS, news reports said.

The child died when a tree fell on top of a mobile home in Pensacola as Gordon whipped the region with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, a spokeswoman with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

"We got caught up in the undertow, and we nearly died", Armstrong told NBC affiliate WPMI of Mobile on Monday.

Ewbanks said: "It nearly pulled us straight underneath". I literally had to grab his hand and help him.

WFTV-Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields tweeted on Wednesday morning, "Florence may get close to the usa - too early to tell exactly".

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

"This is a life-threatening situation", the NHC said.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency lifted evacuation orders and curfews for south Mississippi residents on Wednesday, said Ray Coleman, spokesman for the agency.

"My worry is that people might get hurricane amnesia, where they feel like, 'Oh, a year ago wasn't so bad, '" Coleman told NBC affiliate WLBT of Jackson.

Two men fish as rain and wind are whipped up by tropical storm Gordon on Monday in Miami.

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