Tropical Storm Gordon Develops Monday Morning

04 September, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

The U.S. Coast Guard also warned that the ports of New Orleans as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours when gale force winds from Gordon are expected to arrive.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed Monday near Key Largo and lashed South Florida with gusty winds and heavy rain while moving into the Gulf of Mexico, where it was growing stronger.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day" because of rough surf and potential rip currents.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been posted for parts of south Florida and much of the Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana coastlines ahead of Gordon.

As of midday Monday, almost 2 million people were under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings, and over 13 million people were under tropical storm warnings.

Officials say maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour (85 kph) with higher gusts.

The seventh tropical storm in the Atlantic has officially been named.


A hurricane watch has been issued for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

For now it appears that flooding and storm surge will be the primary concerns for areas near landfall.

While the 2018 hurricane season has been a quiet one for the Cape Fear coast so far, September - and even October (Hurricane Hazel in 1954) - has historically been a busy time for tropical weather systems to menace the Wilmington area.

Flooding from rainfall may call for evacuations in some areas in Southwest Mississippi, mainly west of Interstate 55, and north of I-10 in Southeast Louisiana. Cantrell said the city expects to see impact of the storm beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday.

A hurricane watch was issued from the mouth of the Pearl River, in Mississippi, to the Alabama-Florida border, the NHC said, and a storm surge warning was issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana to the Mississippi-Alabama border, the NHC said.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release. A tropical storm warning was also extended eastward to the Okaloosa-Walton County Line.

The heat and humidity will remain in place, while those along the Gulf Coast are tracking Gordon.

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