Tropical storm heads to US Gulf Coast

Tropical storm heads to US Gulf Coast

Forecasters said it was possible Gordon's winds might meet the 74 miles per hour (120 kph) threshold to be a hurricane before making landfall later Tuesday.

The area along the coast (including parts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi), is now under a hurricane watch, and forecasters do believe that the storm could reach a Category 1 hurricane before it reaches land.

Gordon lashed South Florida with heavy rains and high winds Monday.

"Gordon is moving quickly along and is expected to make a second landfall, perhaps as a hurricane, along the corridor from Louisiana to MS during late Tuesday or Tuesday night", reports Accuweather. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 50 miles per hour.

"While there remains uncertainty on the strength, timing and track of this feature, there will be potential for heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of our region, especially late Tuesday into Wednesday".

More than 27,000 customers were without power as Gordon began pushing ashore, mostly in coastal Alabama and the western tip of the Florida Panhandle around Pensacola, with a few hundred in southeastern Mississippi. Storm totals of 2 to 4 inches, locally up to six, are expected across a large area of Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties where a Flood Watch continues through 11 pm.

Hurricane warnings stretch from the Florida/Alabama border to the Louisiana/Mississippi border as the storm center is most likely to strike along the Mississippi or Alabama coastline.

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A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations. Some intensification is expected before it makes landfall tonight, possibly as a hurricane, in or near South Mississippi.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and companies cut 9 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production.

Areas under a storm surge watch and storm surge warning.

While the 2018 hurricane season has been a quiet one for the Cape Fear coast so far, September - and even October (Hurricane Hazel in 1954) - has historically been a busy time for tropical weather systems to menace the Wilmington area.

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

Sea levels could rise as much as 5 feet (1.5 m) from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama, forecasters said.

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