Gordon forecast to become hurricane; new wave forms

Doug Carpenter
September 5, 2018

In Pensacola, Florida, a child was killed when the wind felled a tree on top of a mobile home, CNN reports.

"Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions to portions of the central Gulf Coast where a Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect", the center says.

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. While we won't get the bulk of Gordon's rain, we will get partly to mostly cloudy skies and a breezy southeast wind while the storm is nearby Wednesday and Thursday. It did not reach hurricane status. As of the 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, winds in the storm are 75 miles per hour and it is moving WNW at 12 miles per hour.

Hurricane warnings are now in effect until further notice for coastal MS and Alabama and tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the rest of our viewing area. except for Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

"This is our first time coming out here to the beach for a storm", said Danielle, who added she had also been through Hurricanes Opal and Ivan but didn't do much outside observing for those storms.

"The weather will be pretty seasonable for this time for this time of year", McGraw said.

Gordon will make landfall in MS late Tuesday and is expected to keep moving northwest, Godwin said.

In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

A vehicle drives through a road as it slowly begins to flood as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Dauphin Island, Ala. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

"I think we've had worse in the past", Kearley's husband, Shane, said.

"When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across".

Gordon was poised for only a glancing blow to New Orleans, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents.

The long-range forecast map for the storm shows it slowly turning to the northwest as it approaches Bermuda by the end of the week.

"You just blend it into your lifestyle when you live outside the levee system". In this scenario, the storm could be forced west and move toward the eastern US coast.

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