Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Gordon Could be Hurricane When it Hits Gulf Coast Tuesday Night

A pump jack operates at sunset in an oil field in Midland A pump jack operates at sunset in an oil field in Midland Texas
Sherry Houston | 05 September, 2018, 14:59

Prices had jumped the previous day as dozens of United States oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were shut in anticipation of damage from tropical storm Gordon.

"Then, eventually, by tomorrow morning moving well north into Jackson and then further north beyond that into Thursday and Friday".

Here is the latest forecast track and timing for Gordon.

Gordon was expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, northeastern Louisiana and southern Arkansas, the agency said. The heavy rain is north and east of the center of the storm, or over MS and Alabama.

"You just blend it into your lifestyle when you live outside the levee system".

The outer rain bands of Tropical Storm Gordon are producing heavy rain and gusty winds along Florida's western panhandle. It never achieved hurricane status.

Meanwhile, Florence has been upgraded to hurricane status, packing 75-mph winds as it moves west-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for southeast Louisiana, and Hurricane Warnings are in effect for coastal MS and Alabama.

Meanwhile, Florence has strengthened into the third hurricane but continues to linger far out in the Atlantic, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour as it slowly moves west-northwest and not affecting land.

"Fast movement and wind shear should limit the intensity of Gordon, but the storm will be monitored closely as the water is quite warm", said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski on its website.

US oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp evacuated workers and shut production at two offshore oil platforms on Monday, and other companies with production and refining operations along the Gulf Coast said they were securing facilities.

Gordon was making landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said, with maximum sustained winds of 70mph (110km/h). The Coast Guard has warned that three ports nearby may need to be closed, including New Orleans, and Gulfport and Pascagoula in Mississippi.

Forecasters say little change in strength is expected in coming days and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

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

No watches or warnings are now in effect.

In Bay St. Louis, Murphy's bar opened past year for the first time since Hurricane Katrina; members of his family have owned it since 1982.

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