Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Remnants of Gordon could bring heavy rain here by week’s end

Remnants of Gordon could bring heavy rain here by week’s end

The storm was gaining strength and was expected to become a hurricane as it comes ashore late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the US South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

Conditions will begin to deteriorate later this afternoon with the majority of the impacts this evening with landfall.

A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire MS and Alabama coasts with the possibility Gordon would become a Category 1 storm.

Boaters evacuated to safe harbours and motorists fled barrier islands Tuesday as the Gulf Coast hustled to get ready for Tropical Storm Gordon, which was on track to hit MS as a Category 1 hurricane sometime after nightfall. The center of the system was 145 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and it was moving toward the west-northwest at 15 mph. Edwards has also activated 200 National Guard members for Tuesday morning.

Tropical Storm Gordon has formed near the Florida Keys and south Florida with winds gusting up to 45-miles-per-hour and heavy rains as Labor Day weekend comes to a close.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned: "The city's absolute number one priority is to ensure the safety of our residents".

New Orleans government offices and Orleans Parish Schools are closed Tuesday.

Throughout the weekend, Gordon defied forecasts by strengthening more rapidly than expected.

About 300 vessels in Biloxi's harbors have been ordered to evacuate by 2 p.m. Tuesday due to the risk from storm surge there. No flooding just yet and not expecting strong winds. A storm surge warning has been issued for the area stretching from Louisiana to Alabama.

Gordon's eye was heading to around Gulfport, Mississippi, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in a 10 a.m. update. Keep in mind, this comes with three days of heavy rain (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

A storm surge watch spreads west to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east to Navarre, FL.

The peak of the hurricane season is September 10.

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

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