Emergency declared as Tropical Storm Gordon heads for Gulf Coast

Jo Lloyd
September 5, 2018

Now carrying winds of around 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour), the storm was expected to pack hurricane-force winds - of at least 74 mph (119 kph) - when it reached the Gulf Coast, the center said.

Meanwhile, Florence has strengthened into the third hurricane but continues to linger far out in the Atlantic, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour as it slowly moves west-northwest and not affecting land.

Gordon is still a tropical storm, with winds remaining steady at 65 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday", the NHC said in its advisory.

Storm surge, heavy rainfall, and floods are still the greatest threat for those in the path of Gordon from the Western Florida Panhandle to Louisiana. As much as eight inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday and authorities are preparing for rising waters of up to five feet.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Florence is in the Atlantic Ocean and is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 miles per hour.

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Helen Thacker, Nicole Baker and Dana Baker, left to right, walk through a flooded area near a home as tropical storm Gordon approaches Dauphin Island, Ala. The next name up in this year's rotation is Helene. Isolated areas could see up to 12 inches of rain, the weather service says.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents through Tuesday evening, the alert said. Tide levels are expected to rise because of the lunar perigee and onshore winds starting with the evening high tide on Friday. Our far eastern counties may be seeing the outer rain bands.

Murphy's bar opened past year for the first time since Hurricane Katrina; members of his family have owned it since 1982.

The forecast for Tuesday is hot and humid with temperatures in the 90's and a chance for spot thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s. The biggest impacts will likely be center over areas east of the center of circulation with rain, wind and the potential for spin up tornadoes.

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