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TROPICS: Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall; Florence is Cat. 2 hurricane

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall; Florence is Cat. 2 hurricane TROPICS: Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall; Florence is Cat. 2 hurricane
Kristine Garrett | 06 September, 2018, 04:58

Gordon has begun hurling tropical storm-force winds onshore along the Alabama and western Florida Panhandle coastline. The National Weather Service in Mobile cautioned that the Styx River near Elsanor, Alabama, could reach moderate, and possibly major, flood stage later Wednesday.

It is expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast by Tuesday night. As of 7 a.m. ET Tuesday, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

"Gordon is forecast to be a Category 1 hurricane near the time it makes landfall on the northern Gulf Coast tonight most likely along the Mississippi Gulf Coast". "The storms already in the north-central portion of the Gulf of Mexico at the moment and those storms will continue pulling north-northwest over the next 12 hours while Gordon moves on".

"The remnants of Gordon will spread areas of heavy rain into southeast Arkansas Wednesday night", forecasters Chuck Rickard and John Lewis said in a statement.

The threat from Gordon has greatly diminished across Louisiana, however, scattered showers and storms are still possible overnight and into the morning.

Coast Guard inspectors flew over ports in MS and Alabama to evaluate the facilities, which remained closed on Wednesday morning to most traffic, Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Preston said.

Some weakening is forecast during the next couple of days, "but Florence is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through early next week", the NHC said.

"We're asking people to do the same things that we're doing: prepare", Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said in a statement.

"You don't know what the intensity of the storm is going to be". A hurricane watch is in effect for the area from the Mississippi-Louisiana border to the Alabama-Florida border. The center will release its next Gordon update at 3 p.m. EDT today here.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp shut two offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday and other oil companies are also securing their facilities.

As Gordon slowly fizzles out, forecasters are turning their attention to Hurricane Florence, which is some 2,400 miles away from the USA, and another potential storm near the coast of Africa. It is the peak of the hurricane season, so this isn't unusual. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said.

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