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

Tropical Storm Gordon brings hurricane warning to Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon brings hurricane warning to Gulf Coast

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Gordon is centered 50 miles (80 kilometres) off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida on Monday evening, dumping rain on the peninsula and whipping its shores with maximum winds up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).

Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm's arrival. Officials have issued a hurricane warning for a broad area stretching from the mouth of the MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

While the system is expected to bring hurricane winds and rain to the Gulf Coast, the fast 17 miles per hour pace at which the storm was moving gave it less time to strengthen over waters before it is expected to hit land. Flash flooding will also be a concern as we have picked up a lot of rain over the past couple of weeks. Gordon's winds will likely reach category one hurricane strength tomorrow afternoon. This is a fluid situation and tropical storm conditions will begin to be experienced along northern parts of the Gulf coast by Tuesday.

The storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

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A storm surge warning was in effect for the area between Shell Beach, Louisiana, and Dauphin Island, Alabama, with predicted heights of up to 3-5 ft if the peak surge coincides with high tide. A storm surge watch spread west to the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, and east to Navarre, Florida. A Tropical Storm Warning is in place in Florida from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, and for the Florida Keys from Craig Key to Ocean Reef, including Florida Bay as well as from the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas (see Fig.2).

But don't focus exclusively on the cone as a storm's impact extends far from its center.

"It looks like for the next three or four days we're going to be having to really watch close", National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said in a video briefing on Facebook, according to Reuters.

Tropical Storm Gordon continues to get a little better organized in the eastern Gulf.

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