Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Gordon hits Gulf

Audrey Hill
September 5, 2018

3, and was expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the central U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, Sep.4, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Parts of the Louisiana and MS coasts were under a hurricane warning as fast-developing Tropical Storm Gordon swamped South Florida on its way to the northern Gulf of Mexico.

A storm surge warning was posted for the north central Gulf Coast from Shell Beach, La.to Dauphin Island, Ala.

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.

National Hurricane Center forecasters peg Gordon as a 65-mph storm moving west-northwest at 65 miles per hour, according to the 5 a.m. Tuesday update. Positioned 145 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, Gordon is moving toward the northwest at 15 mph.

Model trends still keep it largely tracking further to the east than in previous tracks and at this time, direct impacts from this storm are not expected here in the Brazos Valley.

Gordon grew in size and achieved tropical-storm-force winds remarkably fast. As much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday. Storm surge warnings have been issued there, as well.

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana. A storm surge watch spread west to the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, and east to Navarre, Florida.

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A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water during the next 36 hours.

"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said Tuesday morning. High shear prevents a storm from organizing or can even tear it apart.

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. A number of schools called off classes, people rushed to fill bags with sand, and red no-swimming flags flew along the shore as waves kicked up from the approaching storm.

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

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

Heavy rain will still be likely closer to the eye of the storm.

According to Florida Power and Light, as of 8 p.m., 407 people are without power in Miami-Dade, 99 people are without power in Broward and five people are without power in Palm Beach County.

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.

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