Tropical Storm Gordon track expected to bring winds to Sebastian, Vero Beach
Tropical Storm Gordon track expected to bring winds to Sebastian, Vero Beach
Warnings Issued As Tropical Storm Gordon Hits Florida. Here's Where It's Headed Next
05 September, 2018, 06:00
The storm was gaining strength and was expected to become a hurricane as it comes ashore late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 20cm of rain in some areas of the US South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.
By evening, the storm was headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico and has maximum winds of 60 miles per hour. But it's expected to make landfall Tuesday night in the northern Gulf Coast as only a Category 1 hurricane.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell held an afternoon news conference and said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents.
Gordon has been marching up from the Florida keys, lashing south Florida with rain and tropical storm-force winds. Rain and the flash flooding that can cause are the main threats expected from Gordon along with strong wind and storm surge. A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Grand Isle, Louisiana and schools have also closed for September 4th in Grand Isle.
A storm surge warning was posted for the north central Gulf Coast from Shell Beach, La.to Dauphin Island, Ala.
It drenched Florida on Labor Day, forcing officials in Miami and the Florida Panhandle to close beaches due to rough surf and potential rip currents.
The storm began as a tropical wave over the Caribbean last week.
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High pressure of the Appalachians will help to guide the storm further to our west, which is great news for us here in Middle Georgia, but bad news in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.
Conditions should improve along the coast during the day Wednesday, while heavy rain expands inland through western MS, northeast Louisiana, and southeast Arkansas.
The National Weather Service said Monday that Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City in Florida were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours.
Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations are possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes.
"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared".
The tropical storm continues to approach the Gulf Coast. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
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