Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Governor Edwards Declares State Of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon

Governor Edwards Declares State Of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon

"The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the NHC forecast warns.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the US, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.

A Rip Current Statement has been issued for Panama City Beach warning of a high risk of rip currents through Wednesday.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for a swath of the Gulf Coast, from Florida and the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, the NHC said.

State of Emergency has been issued for the Gulf coast after tropical storms hit Southern parts of Florida and heading towards Louisiana.

Gordon is the season's seventh-named storm. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour (95 kph). Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Even as the system was weakening into a remnant low it still posed threats as it moved inland on a forecast track that would take its center northwest into Arkansas, then northeast toward the Great Lakes.

Environmental conditions continue to become more favorable for further organization and development. "Nine out of ten fatalities in tropical systems are due to water". Port St. Joe and Apalachicola could see as much as 2 inches.

The storm was churning about 60 miles southeast of Marathon, Florida at 5 a.m. Monday, with winds of 30 mph.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

The disturbance is now disorganized and poses little chance of development due to unfavorable upper level winds.

Graham said there could be waves in the Gulf of Mexico up to 15 feet (4.5 metres), and that cruise ships and other boats were avoiding Gordon's path. It was downgraded to a tropical depression later in the day.

Gordon wasn't the only storm being watched by forecasters. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue through Tuesday as the storm intensified but moved away from central Florida, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Norman.

A lot of the country will be seeing heavy rain and flooding this Labor Day.

It added, "Tides above normal can be expected Monday through midweek".

After periods of heavy rainfall, flood advisories were in effect for parts of South Florida late Monday.

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