Tropical Storm Gordon's rain and winds lash Alabama coast

Terry Joseph
September 5, 2018

Only slight intensification is required for this system to become the first Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in 2018. "All preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion, as tropical storm conditions are expected to arrive in the warning areas Tuesday afternoon". Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue through Tuesday as the storm intensified but moved away from central Florida, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Norman.

Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm's arrival. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour (96 kph). Positioned 145 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, Gordon is moving toward the northwest at 15 mph.

A hurricane warning was put into effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border. This zone is expected to witness the most severe storm effects.

A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt.

We have already seen some strengthening of the storm this evening.

After forming near the Florida Keys Monday morning and moving west-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico, Gordon brought winds of almost 50 miles per hour and sometimes heavy rains over Tampa Bay by midday.

Conditions should improve along the coast during the day Wednesday, while heavy rain expands inland through western MS, northeast Louisiana, and southeast Arkansas.

The hurricane center's latest "cone of uncertainty" for Tropical Storm Gordon is a good representation of numerous weather computer models: Most are in good agreement the storm will move off to the northwest.

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A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton County Line and stretches from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach and from Craig Key to Ocean Reef, including Florida Bay. "Nine out of ten fatalities in tropical systems are due to water".

The center says Gordon will bring heavy rainfall to southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana and southeast Arkansas through late Thursdays.

Those bands will drop a torrential amount of water across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle, where the hurricane center says totals could reach as much as 12 inches.

Forecast rainfall from the National Weather Service.

A storm surge watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of storm surges of between 3 and 5 feet (1 and 1.5 meters) and told South Mississippi residents to be prepared to evacuate. This inundation could flood and potentially damage low-lying roads, homes, and businesses.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the center said.

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