Gordon closes in on Gulf Coast, Florence becomes hurricane

Gordon closes in on Gulf Coast, Florence becomes hurricane

Gordon closes in on Gulf Coast, Florence becomes hurricane

Tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) from #Gordon are expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast by Tuesday afternoon, with hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) expected by Tuesday evening.

Off the African coast, a tropical wave several hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands now has an 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm over the next five days as it moves westward across the Atlantic, the Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning.

"A front will stall over the area late this week at the same time the remnants of tropical storm "Gordon" will move over the central United States". It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and says 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

Tropical Storm Gordon will likely strengthen into a hurricane before hitting the northern Gulf Coast Tuesday night, forecasters say, urging people along the coast from Louisiana to Florida to beware high winds and a risky storm surge.

"We've got the pumps and power we believe we need, again, to be safe and to protect our residents", Cantrell said. Conditions were expected to deteriorate westward to New Orleans as the stormed closed in on the coast, possibly becoming the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year. A hurricane warning is in effect from MS to the Alabama/Florida border.

We'll call it the "calm before the storm" for your Tuesday, expect highs will top out in the upper 80s and lower 90s.

Once Gordon runs its course in the short-term, the weather pattern transitions back to regular onshore flow regime and attendant land-gulf breeze processes each day through the weekend.

The system is located approximately 95 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi and 90 miles south of Mobile, Alabama.

Sea levels could rise as much as 5 feet (1.5 m) from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama, forecasters said.

A storm surge watch spreads west to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east to Navarre, FL.

"It's the peak of hurricane season".

UPDATE 8:31 a.m.: The City of Fort Walton Beach said its solid waste and recycling service will continue as normal on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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