State of emergency in USA states, as tropical storm grows in strength

Pablo Tucker
September 5, 2018

The tropical storm - which officially formed Monday morning near the Florida Keys - brought a wet Labor Day to Florida, with scattered showers soaking the Bay Area most of the afternoon.

Film and TV productions in New Orleans are shutting down early as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast.

The storm, which at 5 a.m. Tuesday had sustained winds of 65 miles per hour, is expected to bring "life-threatening" storm surges, which could raise waters up to 5 feet in some areas.

By early Tuesday morning, the storm's center was 230 miles east-south-east of the mouth of the MS river, with top sustained winds of 65mph, forecasters said.

Heavy rain is already falling over western Florida and is expected to spread west along the coast to New Orleans. A storm surge warning has been issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Early Tuesday, Gordon was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

"Rapid weakening is expected after Gordon moves inland, " the hurricane center said. The U.S. National Hurricane Centre predicted a "life-threatening" storm surge of 0.9 metres to 1.5 metres along parts of the central Gulf Coast.

The manager of the popular Stone County eatery said that while Wiggins is about 25 miles north of the Coast, the town still feels the effects of tropical weather.

These locations can expect a surge of 3-5 feet as the storm moves ashore this evening.

As expected, the latest track forecast from the National Hurricane Center keeps being pushed to the east, but still needs to come farther east...

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared her own state of emergency and closed all non-essential government offices.

"We've just about got things cleaned up", Collier told WPMI.

"As we found out a little rain can turn into big problem if the system stalls over us", Lloyd says.

The National Hurricane Center said it is way too early to know if either of those storms would have any effect on land.

Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf, said the storm was approaching just as the island was finishing up recovery from Hurricane Nate a year ago.

Additional systems are possible over the next 1-2 weeks as we are now in the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.

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