State of emergency declared in Mississippi

05 September, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Lucy Floyd
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A hurricane warning is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River near the Louisiana-Mississippi border to the Alabama-Florida border, with tropical storm warnings ranging from Morgan City, La., to the Florida Panhandle.

The Miami-based forecasting center says the storm could become a hurricane before expected landfall sometime Tuesday night along the north-central Gulf Coast.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence will potentially threaten Bermuda in the next few days, and we will see a train of systems moving off the coast of Africa that will have the potential to develop as well.

Okaloosa County emergency officials opted not to activate the emergency operations center for the storm, saying the area wasn't expected to see sustained tropical storm force winds.

Inmates with the Hancock County Department of Corrections fill bags with sand as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, U.S., September 4, 2018.

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But the storm's impact could have been worse: Gordon gave only a glancing blow to New Orleans, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents within the city's levee protection system.

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

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Alex Sosnowski, of AccuWeather, said: "Fast movement and wind shear have been limiting the intensity of Gordon on Tuesday, but the storm will be monitored closely for strengthening into Tuesday evening as the water is quite warm".

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. "I think when you look at how rough the water is today, it's pretty self-explanatory".

Stay turned to WJHG/WECP for the latest on Gordon as we watch it every step of the way.

Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle called for a voluntary evacuation of the barrier island. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", director Ken Graham said.

LINK: You can track the storms at MyFoxHurricane.

Off to the east coast of Florida, storms are developing.

"Whether or not Florence remains a danger to only shipping interests or threatens land will depend on how far west the storm tracks", Accuweather reported.



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