Tropical Storm Gordon likely to become a hurricane Tuesday

Muriel Hammond
September 5, 2018

It's expected to make landfall along the Alabama or MS coast late Tuesday night or early Wednesday perhaps as a category one hurricane.

The Hurricane Center issued storm surge warnings from Shell Beach, the MS border with Alabama. According to a report by CNN, 13 million people are under a tropical storm warning as of Monday afternoon, and nearly 2 million people are under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings.

Gordon grew in size and achieved tropical-storm-force winds remarkably fast.

Tropical Storm Gordon is a spinning off of the southwest coast of Florida. Still, the southeastern part of the state remains under a tropical storm warning and residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west, Edwards said.

This is good, because the less amount of time it spends over the open Gulf, the less time it has to strengthen in a low shear environment and over the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside the city's levee protection system, including the Venetian Isles, Lake Saint Catherine and Irish Bayou areas.

"Rapid weakening is expected after Gordon moves inland, " the hurricane center said. As of the 8pm update winds are sustained around 60 miles per hour.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. Rain and the flash flooding that can cause are the main threats expected from Gordon along with strong wind and storm surge.

Heavy rain will still be likely closer to the eye of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory that the storm was centered 60 miles (95 kilometers) west-northwest of Key Largo and 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southeast of Marco Island.

A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt.

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. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for a portion of the Mississippi-Alabama border.

The National Weather Service said that Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City in Florida were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours. It is near the Cape Verde Islands, more than 3,500 miles from South Florida, and is being given a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next five days, forecasters said.

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