Tropical Storm Gordon has formed. The Mississippi Coast is in its path.

Posted September 05, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon is on its way into the Gulf of Mexico, and CNN reports that it could reach hurricane status by the time it makes landfall. Officials have issued a hurricane warning for a broad area stretching from the mouth of the MS to the Alabama-Florida border. I literally had to grab his hand and help him. A storm surge watch is in effect from just east of Morgan City to Shell Beach. "It's been a good summer, and hopefully this won't do too much damage".

Tropical Storm Gordon's gusty winds and heavy rains began buffeting the Alabama coast on Tuesday night after coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana hustled to prepare for the deluge.

Sustained winds this morning at Palm Beach International Airport have been running about 9 to 20 mph, with a 21 mph gust recorded before 2 a.m. Miami International Airport reported gusts of up to 35 mph before 9 a.m.

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

Tropical Storm Gordon now sits about 50 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida.

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The storm was forecast to come 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 U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued on Monday for parts of Louisiana for residents in areas outside the levee protection system.

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

But tropical storm conditions - winds of at least 39 miles per hour - could hit the Gulf Coast as early as Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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A flash flood watch is in effect starting about noon Tuesday and ending about midnight Wednesday, the NWS says.

The hurricane center also is monitoring a tropical wave a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.

Skies quickly turned from partly cloudy to dark gray as storms spread over the port city of Mobile in the evening.

"The main source of uncertainty in the track forecast is exactly when and to what extent Florence will make this turn", NHC hurricane specialist David Zelinsky in his forecast.

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