Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to strengthen to hurricane
Residents along the Gulf Coast are preparing for high winds, heavy rain and possible life-threatening storm surge to the region; Jonathan Serrie reports from Gulfport, Mississippi.
Powerful winds unleashed by Tropical Storm Gordon began lashing the coast of Alabama and the western Florida panhandle as the storm is expected to make landfall and strike parts of the U.S. gulf coast by Tuesday night and potential to convert into a hurricane before that time, the officials said.
Currently is located about 70 km south of Mobile, Alabama and about 75 km south-southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, Tropical Storm Gordon has garnered maximum sustained winds of 70 mph “with higher gusts” as it continues to move northwest in the direction of the north-central Gulf Coast, 14 km / h), where it’s forecast to hit land, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an 8 p.m. and-update.
The storm quickly blasted Alabama Dauphin Island with powerful winds and storm surge, such as photographs and videos of the environment.
Update: storm surge, strong wind with the road, and under a few metres of the water from the west side of Dauphin Island, AL #TropicalStormGordon @breakingweather @accuweather #alwx pic.twitter.com/E3CuseicUE
Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) September 5, 2018
“On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will be the landing on the north-central Gulf Coast within the hurricane warning area tonight or tonight and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley through Wednesday,” the NHC said. “Gordon could still be a hurricane before landfall along the north central Coast of the Gulf.”
The storm is expected to quickly lose strength as it moves over the land, the NHC said.
Local resident Mike Squillace looks for metal in Dania Beach, Fla., as Tropical Storm Gordon goes through South Florida with winds and heavy rains on Monday.
(David Santiago/Miami Herald, via AP)
TROPICAL STORM GORDON IS THREATENING THE GULF COAST, THE HURRICANE WARNING IN PLACE
The hurricane warning remained in effect for the area that stretches from the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border, the NHC said. But less than 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states, and until late Thursday, which could lead to flooding in some areas.
A moderate risk of flooding from #Gordon rain is predicted by @NWSWPC over parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. 4-8 inches, with isolated totals of 12 inches are possible in these areas. https://t.co/mTitXFq2dC pic.twitter.com/sT7aSp3iP8
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 4, 2018
A flood warning also remained for Shell Beach, Louisiana to Dauphin Island, which could see the water level rise up to five meters, the NHC said. The warning indicates that “the risk of life-threatening floods, the water rises in the movement inland of the coast.”
“This is a life-threatening situation,” the update warned. “Persons in these areas should take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of life and property from the rising water and the potential for other hazardous conditions.”
INTENSE wind, storm surge on the west side of Dauphin Island in #TropicalStormGordon
Live reports for @accuweather @breakingweather @StormChaseTV pic.twitter.com/hnlpEJ2MzA
Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) September 5, 2018
A flood watch was in place for areas located to the west of Shell Beach at the mouth of the Mississippi River, as well as the areas east of Dauphin Island to Navarre, the NHC said.
President Trump on Tuesday urged the residents to adhere to the direction of the officials, adding that the government “stands ready to help.”
Everyone in the path of #Gordon please heed the advice of the provincial and local officials, and follow @NHC_Atlantic for updates. The Federal Government stands ready to assist. Safe! https://t.co/sJiL4wnQID
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2018
“Everyone in the path of #Gordon please heed the advice of the provincial and local officials, and follow @NHC_Atlantic for updates,” Trump tweeted. “The Federal Government stands ready to assist. Safe!”
TROPICAL STORM GORDON DEPRESSIONS IN THE SOUTH OF FLORIDA
A family watches the first rain clouds of Tropical Storm Gordon roll-in on Tuesday in Dauphin Island, Ala.
(AP Photo/Dan Anderson)
Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency, allowing them to move quickly to mobilize resources of the state and the National Guard troops to help during and after the storm.
Gordon was ready for only a glance get down to New Orleans, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell told The Associated Press that the city “the pumps and the force that is necessary in order to protect the residents.
Authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside the city’s levee protection system, including the Venetian Islands, Lake Saint Catherine and Irish Bayou communities.
L. J. Cazaux, who decided to leave his home after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, decided to move his boat to a nearby a lot of elevated land before the rain started in Venetian Islands, he told The Associated Press. He also has basic needs such as food and water, as well as the two generators, with a lead of Gordon’s potential landing spot.
“You mix in your lifestyle if you live outside the levee system. You know that you are going to have a flood, before someone else does. The good part about it is that the water goes down faster than here,” said Cazaux, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years.
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj, Travis Fedschun, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.