Biggest impacts from Gordon locally in the Gulf, near the coast

Muriel Hammond
September 5, 2018

Pat Landry, who owns the Landry House bed & breakfast on Louisiana's Grand Isle, said late Monday night that he was trying to pick up everything low in the yard in preparation for the storm surge expected with Gordon's arrival. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the USA, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.

As it crosses the Gulf Tuesday, forecasters say the storm will encounter some upper level wind shear, the hurricane-smothering atmospheric winds that up to now have helped keep the season in check.

The center says Gordon will bring heavy rainfall to southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana and southeast Arkansas through late Thursdays.

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.

Gordon was located about 190 east, southeast of the mouth of the MS, moving west, northwest at 15 miles per hour Tuesday morning, with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

The winds are now up to 85 miles per hour. We should see a rather quick decay of the system as it penetrates farther inland overnight and into Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Florence continues to hold steady over the eastern Atlantic, about 1,240 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and 1,270 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The NHC in fact pegs the odds of it becoming at least a depression at 80% in the next five days. The next name up in this year's rotation is Helene.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

Also, it warns that coastal flooding may be an issue later this week.

The lunar perigee is when the moon is in its closest position to Earth, according to Earth Sky. "From there, the system will wobble toward Oklahoma, with heavy rain building over the western counties by Thursday night and Friday".

"The weather will be pretty seasonable for this time for this time of year", McGraw said.

The forecast for Tuesday is hot and humid with temperatures in the 90's and a chance for spot thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s.

"No impacts to our operation (cancelations under our direction), but I would imagine there are some en route air traffic delays with so many showers for airplanes to steer around", a representative for Southwest said in an email.

Mostly cloudy in the evening, then becoming partly cloudy.

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