Gordon Moving Quickly Across Eastern Gulf Of Mexico

05 September, 2018, 05:57 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • FIRST ALERT Few showers possible for Labor Day all eyes on Tropical Storm Gordon

Hurricane Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for parts of the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida coasts. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength when it hits the Gulf Coast, including coastal MS, by late Tuesday. As of the 8pm update winds are sustained around 60 miles per hour.

The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, promised residents that the city has "the pumps and the power" needed for the storm.

Tropical Storm Gordon now sits about 50 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida. Heavy rain and gusty winds have been seen in parts of south Florida and that will only increase as the storm moves further into the Gulf of Mexico.

There was a storm surge warning in effect for Shell Beach to Dauphin Island, and a storm surge watch west of Shell Beach to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east of Dauphin Island to Navarre.

Geo Rodriguez made a decision to go for a walk on Hollywood Beach, north of Miami, on Monday morning and got caught in the storm. But authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside the city's levee protection system, including the Venetian Isles, Lake Saint Catherine and Irish Bayou areas.


In Mississippi, vessels in the harbors of Biloxi and Gulfport have been ordered to evacuate by 2 p.m. Tuesday due to the risk from storm surge there. "Its winds are already up to 50 mph and it's only been over the water for a few hours, so we are concerned with favorable conditions", said Jason Beaman from the National Weather Service in Mobile. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue through Tuesday as the storm intensified but moved away from central Florida, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Norman.

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.

We got out of it barely alive."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 previous year."We've just about got things cleaned up", Collier told WPMI".

The Atlantic and Pacific oceans bordering the USA are in the midst of hurricane season, where hurricane Lane and Chris have already made landfall.

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