Gordon Expected to Hit the Gulf Coast as a Hurricane
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA — September 4, 2018
U.S. forecasters expect Tropical Storm Gordon to gain strength during the day Tuesday before making landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast.
The storm brought high winds and heavy rain to the southern tip of Florida on Monday, forcing lifeguards to close beaches, disappointing tourists looking to spend Labor Day in the surf.
As of the last advisory for the National Hurricane Center, at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Storm Gordon was located about 190 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was moving west-northwest at 15 mph.
The National Hurricane Center said by the time the storm reaches land it will likely have reached hurricane status, which would mean sustained winds of at least 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph).
Hurricane warnings are in effect for coastal areas in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The storm is expected to drop 10 to 20 centimeters (4 to 8 inches) of rain on those states as well as Arkansas.
Gordon also brings the threat of flooding from the storm surge.
Alabama's Mobile and Baldwin counties are under a "State of Emergency," which was declared by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey earlier Tuesday in advance to Tropical Storm Gordon's arrival later today.
The declaration, first made public on Twitter by Alabama Emergency Management Agency director Brian Hastings, was also announced earlier by public officials in the two counties.
It will quickly lose strength during the day Wednesday as it moves farther inland.