Gordon moving fast, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

Terence Little
September 7, 2018

Spotty to scattered showers will increase on Wednesday and Thursday as Tropical Storm Gordon's leftovers weaken well to our west.

Storm Gordon is now battering South Florida with powerful gusts and heavy rain and it is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall just east of Louisiana.

Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early on Monday as it moved west-north-west at 16mph.

Hurricane warnings are posted for Alabama and MS with Tropical Storm Warnings for parts of eastern Louisiana.

The season's third hurricane of the Atlantic season formed Tuesday morning as Florence strengthened into a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. Beachgoers in the area were warned Wednesday of unsafe rip currents that prompted red-flag warnings, meaning it was illegal to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said. The storm is over south Florida but later in the afternoon will hit the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Gordon moving fast, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane
Gordon moving fast, expected to hit Gulf Coast as hurricane

A slow-moving storm system is causing heavy rain and flooding from Kansas to IL.

A hurricane watch - meaning hurricane conditions are possible - was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

The National Hurricane Center reported that the storm could unleash "life-threatening" storm surge to portions of the central Gulf Coast. The region could see rising waters of 3ft to 5ft. Though officials decided against ordering a mass evacuation from central Houston, voluntary and mandatory evacuations were issued on Saturday for parts to the south west, near two rivers in Fort Bend County.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning areas.

The National Hurricane Centre is also tracking Tropical Storm Olivia and Hurricane Norman in the eastern Pacific. The exception to this statement may be immediately near the Emerald Coast from Destin to Pensacola, where tropical storm force winds and heavy rain is still a possibility. Storm surge warnings have been issued there, as well.

The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network will continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Gordon and provide updates in this story, via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, or in the mobile app Florida Storms.

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