Gordon brings hurricane warning for parts of Gulf Coast

FIRST ALERT Few showers possible for Labor Day all eyes on Tropical Storm Gordon

The Hurricane Center issued storm surge warnings from Shell Beach, La.to the MS border with Alabama.

Tropical Storm Gordon will continue to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to reach hurricane strength sometime Tuesday evening before making landfall.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening water inundation.

Packing winds of 65 miles per hour, the storm is just 9 miles per hour from hurricane-strength, which it is predicted to attain before coming ashore.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon.

Heavy flooding rainfall of four to seven inches will be possible across all of South Mississippi. Additional strengthening is expected as the system approaches the Gulf Coast.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, saying 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen were being deployed, along with 63 high-water trucks, 39 boats, and 4 helicopters. Tropical storm warnings for the interior counties.

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Cantrell urged residents within the levee protection area to stock up on supplies and shelter in place.

Hurricane force winds of 74 miles per hour or greater will affect the Mississippi Gulf Coast.




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

Gordon is expected to dissipate by Saturday somewhere in the central U.S.

The southern Gulf Coast has already been heavily impacted by this summer's so-called "red tide," in which massive algae blooms have caused waves of dead marine life to wash up along the coast, driving people from the water.

The National Weather Service said conditions were "possible" for tornadoes in the affected parts of South Florida on Monday night.

"Gordon will not be just a coastal event, and not just wind but also water could be damaging, unsafe and even deadly, especially if preparations are not rushed to completion as early as possible today before tropical storm conditions arrive", said Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert.

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.

Heavy rain will still be likely closer to the eye of the storm.

"We're a beach coffee shop, and if people can't go to the beach, then we won't get any customers". A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for a portion of the Mississippi-Alabama border. It is near the Cape Verde Islands, more than 3,500 miles from South Florida, and is being given a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone during the next five days, forecasters said.

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