State leaders are urging the local population and tourists not to take Gordon to light after the horrific 2017 hurricane season.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – Calvin and Terry Valvo hunkered under an overhang along the beach, while watching the waves in the Gulf of Mexico grow.
“Both times that we have now come [to Orange Beach, Ala.], we are on the precipice of a few hurricanes, so I think this is a welcome home for us,” man, Calvin Valvo told Fox News.
The couple’s first visit this year was in May, when the first named Atlantic storm of the season, Alberto, made landfall along the Gulf Coast.
This time around, it is Gordon forcing the couple inside.
Although forecasters say that it probably won’t strengthen to Category 1 hurricane status, state leaders are urging the local population and tourists not to take Gordon to light after the horrific 2017 hurricane season.
“There’s an awful lot of people who should be paying attention to this storm and make preparations,” Louisiana Gov. Call John Edwards said at a press conference.
The people braving the rain to catch a glimpse of the growing waves in the Gulf of Mexico.
He and the governor of Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency as Gordon approached, which makes the mobilisation of hundreds of members of the National Guard over three states.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted Tuesday evening, “I encourage everyone in the south ALREADY are aware of and follow the instructions of the local authorities.”
The effects of #TSGordon begin to be felt in parts of southeast Alabama. I encourage everyone in the south ALREADY are aware of and follow the instructions of the local authorities. If you are close to the coast, now is the time to seek shelter. Stay tuned in https://t.co/KG6fCYVvT2
Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) September 4, 2018
Despite the warnings of storm surges, flooding, and wind gusts may reach 70 km per hour, many in Orange Beach seemed to be unfazed; in fact, some said that they were excited to witness the weather phenomenon.
Juanita Cotner is a regular holidaymakers on the Coast of the Gulf, but said that she has never experienced a hurricane.
In September of this year, Cotner brought her sister along. “I just decided we would make a journey and adventure… and we go on an adventure,” Cotner chuckled.
The two are planning on sitting on their balcony looking at the ocean. “We are satisfied,” she smiled.
As the sky grew more ominous, Walmart Supercenters and Publix supermarkets saw a steady flow of people Tuesday.
While returning to their cars, some holidaymakers told Fox News they were grabbing a few extra items, but not worried.
“This is our first hurricane, and we are just excited to see what happens,” Danielle Taylor said, with a toddler clinging to her side.
Taylor said that her family would be a game of the night, but hoped that the double red flags, indicating life-threatening rip currents and surf conditions, will be held on the beach quickly.
Waters of the gulf are closed to swimmers with double red flags, signalling, life-threatening rip currents and surf conditions.
Even with an alarm on mobile phones, alert, flood warnings or tornado watches, it was easy to find smiling faces in Orange Beach.
If the Taylor family, the Valvos remained optimistic, motivated and positive about their new place of residence.
“It’s not frustrating at all, everywhere we go there again,” says Terry Valvo shrugged his shoulders. “Whether it’s tornadoes, or [Las Vegas] the heat, it’s just weather.”
Emilie Ikeda is a multimedia reporter based in Atlanta.