Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Hurricane Gordon: Storm set to smash into U.S. within hours

Hurricane Gordon: Storm set to smash into U.S. within hours

In this image released by NOAA's GOES-16 on Monday, September 3, 2018, Tropical Storm Gordon appears south of Florida.

Many schools in the areas were closed on Tuesday morning, and numerous districts announced their schools would remain shut on Wednesday as well.

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Gordon's heaviest rainfall is expected from the northern Gulf Coast to parts of Arkansas through Thursday.

"If you live in the coastal counties, especially in surge- and flood-prone areas, it is imperative that you get to a safe place by early afternoon and stay there through Wednesday morning".

A child was killed Tuesday in Pensacola, Florida as Gordon whipped the Alabama and western Florida Panhandle coasts with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, a spokeswoman with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said. It never achieved hurricane status. It's moving to the northwest toward the coast at 14 miles per hour.

A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana and MS as Tropical Storm Gordon roars towards the US Gulf Coast.

Gordon was moving to the northwest at 15 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

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Gordon is predicted to hit near the Louisiana/Mississippi border late on Tuesday or early Wednesday, with the hurricane warning stretching to the Alabama-Florida border.

The US Coast Guard said the ports of New Orleans and Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours.

And, forecasters are monitoring Invest 92L, a tropical wave that has moved off the west coast of Africa.

US oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp evacuated workers and shut production at two offshore oil platforms on Monday, and other companies with production and refining operations along the Gulf Coast said they were securing facilities.

Officials aren't taking any chances as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast, with about 1.7 million people under a hurricane warning and another 6.5 million under a tropical storm watch.

Mayors of barrier islands in the storm's path had warned that their communities might get cut off from the mainland. In this scenario, the storm could be forced west and move toward the eastern USA coast.

"This storm has every possibility to track further in our direction", Edwards said during a news conference Monday evening.

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