Tropical Storm Gordon is barrelling toward the central US Gulf Coast, where it is expected to become a hurricane and bring high winds and heavy rain to the region, the National Hurricane Centre says.
Tropical Storm Gordon whipped the southern tip of Florida with high winds and rain on Monday Sep.
Voluntary evacuation orders were issued on Monday for parts of Louisiana for residents in areas outside the levee protection system. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency, as well, and said state resources are being mobilized.
A hurricane warning was put into effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.
Gordon is about 190 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, according to the 8 a.m. advisory Tuesday from the National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength when it hits the Gulf Coast, including coastal MS, by late Tuesday.
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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory that it expects Gordon to be a hurricane when it reaches coastal MS and Louisiana sometime late Tuesday.
Tropical-storm-force winds could reach the western Florida panhandle Tuesday afternoon and the Alabama-Mississippi coastline by early evening.
Areas under a storm surge watch and storm surge warning.
"There's not a lot of difference between a strong tropical storm and a minimal hurricane", he said.
There was a storm surge warning in effect for Shell Beach to Dauphin Island, and a storm surge watch west of Shell Beach to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east of Dauphin Island to Navarre.
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Pat Landry, who owns the Landry House bed and breakfast on Louisiana's Grand Isle, said late Monday night that he was trying to pick up everything low in the yard in preparation for the storm surge expected with Gordon's arrival.
A hurricane watch - meaning that 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.
Gordon was generating winds of 50 miles per hour (80 km per hour) on Sep.
Most recently, Hurricane Lane brushed past Hawaii last week, delivering a total 50 inches of rain and casting trees into the streets. The storm was headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico and had maximum winds of 65 miles per hour.
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