Tropical Storm Gordon will move ashore late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, spreading rain and wind across the region.
The National Hurricane Center said Gordon should weaken rapidly after it moves inland from the central Gulf Coast, but that doesn't diminish concerns about flooding.
Coastal areas from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana could experience 4-8 inches of rain, with isolated totals of 12 inches through late Thursday that could cause unsafe flash flooding and "life-threatening" storm surge, according to the hurricane center.
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Nevertheless, she said she and her husband will remain in their home, which sits on tall pilings, 24 feet above ground.
The governors of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have all declared states of emergency as the storm approaches. The storm was expected to slow down and move inland on the MS or Alabama coast by early Wednesday.
Chevron and Shell said, as quoted by Reuters, that they are watching the progress of the storm and are preparing their refineries in the area for the landfall.
Gordon was located about 55 kilometres south-southwest of Mobile, Alabama and was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.
Tropical Storm Gordon Forms, Heading to The Gulf States
And isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches of rain were possible over the southern Florida peninsula, according to the NHC. Forecasters say little change in strength is expected in coming days and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.
L. J. Cazaux moved his boat to a nearby lot of elevated land before the rain started in Venetian Isles.
Film and TV productions in New Orleans are shutting down early as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast.
"Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 36 hours, and Gordon is expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast", stated NHC Forecaster Stacy Stewart in the advisory.
In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system. A storm surge watch spreads west to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east to Navarre, FL.
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The National Weather Service said conditions were "possible" for tornadoes in the affected parts of South Florida on Monday night. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles away from the USA, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.
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