Tropical Storm Gordon to Strengthen to Hurricane as It Makes Landfall

05 September, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Carmen Reese
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As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Storm Gordon's center is 160 miles offshore with next-to-nothing impacts for Tampa Bay, despite wind speeds of up to 65 mph.

New Orleans was devastated by deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Visiting from Nashville, the couple planned to stay on the island despite the storm.

Prices jumped the previous day as dozens of USA oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were shut in anticipation of tropical storm Gordon hitting the region.

The US Coast Guard said the ports of New Orleans and Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours.

Storm surge warnings and watches extended across most of the northern Gulf Coast early Tuesday, along with hurricane and tropical storm warnings. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

Tropical Storm-force winds extend outwards up to 80 miles from the center, the NHC said.

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Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf, said the storm was approaching just as the island was finishing up recovery from Hurricane Nate past year. By Thursday night and Friday, the remnants of Gordon will have moved far enough away and weakened enough, that we won't see much influence from this system, however, chances for showers and storms will remain in the forecast at least into the middle of next week.

A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, Louisiana and MS as Tropical Storm Gordon heads for America's Gulf Coast. "Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across", Mayor Jeff Collier said.

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

Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations are possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes. But authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for some areas outside the city's levee protection system.

In Bay St. Louis, Murphy's bar opened a year ago for the first time since Hurricane Katrina; members of his family have owned it since 1982.

Beaches around Mobile, Alabama were being washed by storm-driven waves on Tuesday morning, said Stephen Miller, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

After a mostly quiet hurricane season, the tropics have sprung to life, but there's no reason for Beaufort County residents or visitors to panic, experts say.

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