Gordon likely to make landfall as category 1 hurricane

Gordon likely to make landfall as category 1 hurricane

Gordon likely to make landfall as category 1 hurricane

A hurricane warning was in effect Tuesday morning for all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching to Morgan City, Louisiana, and Florida's Okaloosa-Walton county line.

Tropical Storm Gordon is continuing to gain strength Tuesday morning and is expected to become a hurricane later in the day when it hits the central U.S. Gulf Coast, including coastal Mississippi.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the Hurricane Center said. According to a report by CNN, 13 million people are under a tropical storm warning as of Monday afternoon, and nearly 2 million people are under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings.

The hurricane center said Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was continuing to move toward the northwest at 12 miles per hour.

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside the levee system.

"Gordon will bring heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions to portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys today and a tropical storm warning is in effect for these areas", the hurricane center said Monday.

As Tropical Storm Gordon makes a beeline toward the central Gulf coast, hurricane development isn't out of the question.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt.

Gordon is expected to dissipate by Saturday somewhere in the central U.S.

Cantrell urged residents within the levee protection area to stock up on supplies and shelter in place.

In a tweet, Miami Beach Police advised residents and visitors that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

Its tropical storm-force winds, as high as 70 mph, extended up to 80 miles from Gordon's center and were affecting the coastlines in Alabama and Florida's western Panhandle.

People all along the Gulf Coast, from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle, were busy preparing for the storm's arrival.

The National Weather Service said Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City also could expect hazardous weather on Monday.

"This is normally a decent weekend, but the storm and red tide aren't helping", Wright said.

Separately, Tropical Storm Florence continues to hold steady over the eastern Atlantic.

"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared".

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.

South Florida is under a Flood Watch until 11:00 p.m.

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