Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Tropical Storm Gordon likely to become a hurricane Tuesday

Tropical Storm Gordon likely to become a hurricane Tuesday

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.

A hurricane warning remained in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border, as did a tropical storm warning for the Alabama-Florida border to the Okaloosa-Walton County line.

Across the region, governments made their preparations. Still, southeastern Louisiana is under a tropical storm warning and Edwards says residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west. Edwards has also activated 200 National Guard members for Tuesday morning.

Our impacts continue to look relatively minor here in the Panhandle. City Hall and government offices will close Tuesday for nonessential employees. The area already has been impacted heavily by this summer's so-called "red tide"- massive algae blooms that have caused waves of dead marine life to wash along the coast.

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The gates are in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, primarily along the Industrial Canal and susceptible to high-tide conditions if not closed, the city said. According to a report by CNN, 13 million people are under a tropical storm warning as of Monday afternoon, and nearly 2 million people are under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings.

"We're asking people to do the same things that we're doing: prepare", said Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich in a statement. "There's no reason to be alarmed. We expect our citizens to be doing the same".

Gov. Rick Scott urged Florida residents on both coasts to monitor the weather system.

Weather forecasters have issued storm warnings for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys.

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The Atlantic and Pacific oceans bordering the U.S. are in the midst of hurricane season, where hurricane Lane and Chris have already made landfall. "Make sure that you and your family have a plan in place in case of disaster". Gordon has intensified with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and continues to have an improved structure on satellite and radar (see Fig. 1).

With strong winds pushing against the coast, there is the concern of a 3-5 foot storm surge in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. A storm surge watch spread west to the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, and east to Navarre, Florida. Gordon is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southeast Arkansas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through late Thursday.

Tropical Storm Gordon is centered 50 miles (80 kilometres) off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida on Monday evening, dumping rain on the peninsula and whipping its shores with maximum winds up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

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