Gordon moving fast, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

07 September, 2018, 14:27 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
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The storm is over south Florida but later in the afternoon will hit the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Gordon is expected to produce total rain accumulations of four to eight inches over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southeast Arkansas, the NHC said.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from west of the Mouth of the Pearl River to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas; and from the Alabama-Florida Border to the Okaloosa-Walton County Line.

"Gordon is moving quickly along and is expected to make a second landfall, perhaps as a hurricane, along the corridor from Louisiana to MS during late Tuesday or Tuesday night", reports Accuweather. The exception to this statement may be immediately near the Emerald Coast from Destin to Pensacola, where tropical storm force winds and heavy rain is still a possibility.

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.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of storm surges of between 1 and 1.5 metres and told South Mississippi residents to be prepared to evacuate.

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Escambia county received 10 calls overnight for downed trees in roadways, along with multiple reports of arcing power lines as the storm blew through with peak gusts of 61 miles per hour (98 kph).

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

The National Weather Service said conditions were "somewhat favourable" for tornadoes in affected parts of south Florida.

"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

The Governor is warning residents to take caution. Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and Gordon is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday. The area has already been heavily impacted by this summer's so-called "red tide"- massive algae blooms that have caused waves of dead marine life to wash up along the coast.

Dominic Carlucci drove back to his home on the barrier island in his Hummer, and found no damage, just a sagging wooden fence.

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