Governor Edwards Declares State Of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon

Muriel Hammond
September 6, 2018

Weather forecasters believe Tropical Storm Gordon will strengthen to a hurricane late Tuesday right as it hits the central US Gulf Coast.

Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could end up under a Tropical Storm Watch within the next day as the National Hurricane Center refines its forecast.

Previous story: Tropical Storm Gordon is moving quickly, expected to pass through southeast Florida by this afternoon, but tropical storm warnings are in effect for areas of Miami-Dade, Collier and Monroe counties as heavy rain continues.

The storm has already begun lashing South Florida with high winds and heavy rains as it moved west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

The center of the storm was located about 60 miles west-northwest of Key Largo, Florida.

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast. "Its winds are already up to 50 mph and it's only been over the water for a few hours, so we are concerned with favorable conditions", said Jason Beaman from the National Weather Service in Mobile.

The impact on the coast from Alabama and Northwest Florida to MS and Louisiana will be significantly bigger: heavy rain, damaging winds, occasional tornadoes, coastal flooding, and deadly rip currents.

The system is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect its residents from the storm.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning areas.

Tropical Storm Gordon hasn't completely formed yet, but the weather system raced over southern Florida, on Monday, September 3, and is now heading toward the Gulf.

With strong winds pushing against the coast, there is the concern of a 3-5 foot storm surge in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The City of New Orleans has also issued voluntary evacuation in areas outside the levee.

It is forecast to continue moving west-northwest with a gradual turn to the northwest, and is no longer expected to reach hurricane strength.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect through the weekend for Florence.

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