Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall near Alabama-Mississippi border

Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall near Alabama-Mississippi border

By Monday afternoon the storm had passed over Florida's southern tip. Gordon will move toward Monroe, LA this afternoon and we will see a feeder band move over us.

New Orleans isn't expected to take the brunt of the storm, but "we're expecting heavy rains and some loss of electricity", he said.

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system.

Tropical Storm Gordon spent much of Tuesday morning and afternoon hovering less than 20 miles off the coast of the Florida Panhandle as it made its way west towards a MS landfall. Florence's maximum sustained winds were 75 miles per hour as it moved to the west-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

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

According to Micheal Brennan, chief of the National Hurricane Centre's hurricane specialist unit, the dry air over the gulf and wind shear have kept Gordon from picking up more strength.

"If you leave, you have to leave before the road floods", Landry said. A Hurricane Warning is also in effect for portions of the northern Gulf coast.

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The storm's strong winds have knocked out power in the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama leaving at least 20,000 people in the dark, several utility companies said. Boaters are evacuating to safe harbors, and motorists are fleeing barrier islands as the Gulf Coast hustles to get ready for the storm. The Coast Guard has warned that three ports nearby may need to be closed, including New Orleans, and Gulfport and Pascagoula in Mississippi.

Tropical storm Gordon, which has made landfall and is moving just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, is expected to weaken to a tropical depression on Wednesday morning, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire MS and Alabama coasts with predictions Gordon would become a Category 1 storm.

Sea levels could rise as much as 1.5 metres from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama, forecasters said. Hurricane Florence was some 3,900 kilometres away from the US, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said.

LINK: You can track the storms at MyFoxHurricane.

"Whether or not Florence remains a danger to only shipping interests or threatens land will depend on how far west the storm tracks", Accuweather reported.

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