Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Tropical Storm Gordon tracks toward central Gulf coast; landfall expected tonight

Tropical Storm Gordon tracks toward central Gulf coast; landfall expected tonight Tropical Storm Gordon tracks toward central Gulf coast; landfall expected tonight
Kristine Garrett | 06 September, 2018, 04:15

The seventh tropical storm in the Atlantic has officially been named. It's expected to make landfall along the Alabama or MS coast late Tuesday night or early Wednesday perhaps as a category one hurricane. Tropical storm warnings were in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton County border west to east of Morgan City, Louisiana.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon.

Tropical showers and thunderstorms can be expected across the region starting Monday through much of Wednesday, the weather service says. Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and Gordon is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday.

"It's the peak of hurricane season", Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said.

Tornadoes also are possible through Tuesday night near the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts, the NHC said.

Though weeks away from land, Tropical Storm Florence gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday, drawing interest from forecasters in Raleigh.

The National Hurricane Center said at 8 p.m. ET that the storm was centered 95 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida.

The southern Gulf Coast has already been heavily impacted by this summer's so-called "red tide", in which massive algae blooms have caused waves of dead marine life to wash up along the coast, driving people from the water.

Maximum sustained winds of the unnamed system have been clocked at 30mph and the system is moving west-northwest at 15mph. This is a fluid situation and tropical storm conditions will begin to be experienced along northern parts of the Gulf coast by Tuesday.

As it encounters shear that will hinder its development, Tropical Storm Florence is expected to make a northwest turn.

There were no immediate indications that the storm had affected energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico area.

A storm surge warning has been issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. Stay tuned to WGNO on-air and online as well as on social media for the most up to date information on this developing storm.

Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall Tuesday near the border of MS and Alabama.

By Sep. 3 afternoon the storm had passed over Florida's southern tip.

Minor coastal flooding is possible Monday on the Atlantic coast south of West Palm Beach from onshore winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour.

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