Tropical Depression Gordon continues to weaken over Mississippi: NHC

06 September, 2018, 23:32 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Gordon Is Forecast To Hit Northern Gulf Coast As A Hurricane Tuesday Night

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday night west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, the National Hurricane Center said. Rain and thunderstorms become more widespread heading into Friday. By Saturday, what's left of the storm was forecast to hook to the north, then northeast on a path toward the Great Lakes.

Forecasters predicted rain of 4-8 inches in the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from southeastern Louisiana to the Okaloosa-Walton County line in Florida.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning from the coast of MS, to the the Alabama/Florida border.

In the Atlantic Ocean, the NHC on Wednesday upgraded Hurricane Florence to a Category 4 storm on a five-step scale with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph).

Under its current track, the storm could move into the lower Mississippi Valley by Tuesday night and make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast later in the evening, forecasters said.

More than 35,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and MS did not have electricity on Wednesday morning, according to Poweroutages.us.

Pictures on social media showed damaged roofs and debris-strewn beaches and roads.

The child, whose age and identity were not released, died when a tree fell on top of a mobile home.

More news: One Killed, Several Injured; Rescue Ops Underway

Neighbors told the newspaper the victim was about 10 months old, but the Escambia County Sheriff's Office confirmed the child was 2 years old. A downed tree hit a mobile home in Pensacola, killing an infant inside. No one else was injured.

Coastal areas from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana could experience 4-8 inches of rain, with isolated totals of 12 inches through late Thursday that could cause unsafe flash flooding and "life-threatening" storm surge, according to the hurricane center.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency to better mobilise state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. New Orleans braced for flooding, but in the end got only a glancing blow. A dozen casinos that shut down were allowed to reopen at noon Wednesday.

"Everyone has actually been pretty well behaved and we haven't had to pull anybody out of the water", said Destin Beach Safety Chief Joe D'Agostino, who made the decision to fly double red flags, closing the water to swimmers.

Modeled estimates include losses to residential, commercial, and industrial properties as well as automobiles, the company said in a statement.

Mayor Jeff Collier had warned ahead of the storm that his community might get cut off. It wasn't almost as bad as when Nate, the last hurricane to strike the usa, came ashore last October in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi.

If this happens, hurricane warnings and storm surge amounts may be shifted based on the new forecast track.

Smith said there's more to it than rain and flooding; it's also the unsafe rip currents and possible power outages.

Off the African coast, a tropical wave several hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands now has an 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm over the next five days as it moves westward across the Atlantic, the Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning.

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