Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Gordon aims to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall

Gordon aims to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall

As Gordon crosses the Florida peninsula and into the Gulf of Mexico it is expected to gradually strengthen during the next 48 hours. As much as 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday as the tropical weather moves inland toward Arkansas.

Gordon became a tropical storm after having strengthened rapidly overnight, and late Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the mouth of the Pearl River, which divides Louisiana and MS in the central Gulf.

Starting from the Florida-Alabama border to the Mississippi's Pearl River, the tropical storm is likely to hit those areas and the warning has been issued accordingly.

Until then, the tropical storm could cause unsafe storm surge, strong winds, and flash flooding along the Gulf Coast from the tip of Florida to eastern Texas.

The storm is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall Tuesday. In this zone, the water could rise up 3 to 5 feet above normally dry land at the coast. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour. Tornadoes are also possible through Wednesday night over MS and western Alabama, it added. It could become a tropical cyclone by Monday night with a minimum expected winds of 39 miles per hour, the NHC said.

A Tropical Storm Watch could be coming to the Northern Gulf Coast as early as Sunday night, as the National Hurricane Center has upped the chance of tropical development for a system over the Bahamas to 90 percent in the next five days.

A lot of the country will be seeing heavy rain and flooding this Labor Day. "Evacuate immediately away from coastal storm surges if instructed by local officials".

The Governor is warning residents to take caution.

At least 300 people were displaced in Riley County, Kansas, after the area was struck by heavy rain and significant flooding.

A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain.

"MEMA has been monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Gordon very closely and will continue to do so through landfall which is now forecasted for some time late Tuesday night". Some intensification is expected before it makes landfall tonight, possibly as a hurricane, in or near South Mississippi.

Well out into the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Florence continues to move west-northwestward as it flirts with hurricane strength.

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