MEMA Preparing for Tropical Storm Gordon

Ignacio Smith
September 7, 2018

The center is predicting the storm will pass over the Florida Keys Monday afternoon, then head back into the Gulf of Mexico and reach the central Gulf Coast by Tuesday night of Wednesday morning.

Gordon is expected to dispense 4 to 8 inches of rain over a large swath of the north central Gulf Coast as well as areas farther inland, through central MS and southern Arkansas.

Storm warnings are in effect for parts of south Florida and the Keys as tropical storm Gordon takes aim at the Gulf Coast.

The NHC's hurricane warning for Tropical Storm Gordon covers all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching to Morgan City, Alabama, and Florida's Okaloosa-Walton County Line.

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The storm is expected to reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

Spaghetti models are in general agreement that Tropical Storm Gordon's projected path will move in a west-northwestward direction over the Gulf of Mexico and towards the Louisiana and MS coasts. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour (95 kph). 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 lot of the country will be seeing heavy rain and flooding this Labor Day.

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

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A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations. A observing site on Dauphin Island, Alabama has measured a sustained wind of 57 miles per hour with a gust to 72 miles per hour. We'll increase the clouds as the day goes on and also look for a few isolated downpours after 6PM, particularly south of US-82.

At least 300 people were displaced in Riley County, Kansas, after the area was struck by heavy rain and significant flooding.

The warning is related to potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which, if it organizes into a tropical storm, will become Tropical Storm Gordon. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometres) away from the USA, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.

This Sept. 3, 2018, map from the National Hurricane Center showed the projected path for Tropical Storm Gordon as of Sunday evening.

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