Heat not going away; spotty rain chances this week

05 September, 2018, 05:58 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • FIRST ALERT Few showers possible for Labor Day all eyes on Tropical Storm Gordon

The National Hurricane Center says it expects Gordon to strengthen into a hurricane before it reaches the north central Gulf Coast late Tuesday. As of right now, hurricane warnings have been issued for all of Alabama's Gulf Coast as well as Mississippi's.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory that the storm was centered 60 miles (95 kilometers) west-northwest of Key Largo and 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southeast of Marco Island. Many replies to various National Weather Service accounts or other outlets with their pleas that the storm veer spontaneously away, as the Gulf coast is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 3 as it steamed west-northwest at 16 miles per hour (27 kph), the National Hurricane Center said.

Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday as it moved west-northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph). This is a fast moving storm, which means that the impacts will be slightly less than if it was a system that moved slowly bringing constant high winds and storm surge to the coast. 4 near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has declared a state of emergency for her city, closing all non-essential government offices on Tuesday.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) closed 38 floodgates, 13 valve gates and a concrete barge gate on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a news release.

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The storm began as a tropical wave over the Caribbean last week.

Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations are possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes.

Jenna Wright, owner of a coffee shop in Naples, Florida, told the Naples Daily News that she had expected higher numbers for the Labor Day weekend.

"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared".

"Gordon will not be just a coastal event, and not just wind but also water could be damaging, risky and even deadly, especially if preparations are not rushed to completion as early as possible today before tropical storm conditions arrive", said Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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