Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon Threatens Cruise Itineraries

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Sherry Houston | 07 September, 2018, 14:28

Tropical Storm Gordon hasn't completely formed yet, but the weather system raced over southern Florida, on Monday, September 3, and is now heading toward the Gulf.

Weather forecasters said the storm could strengthen to near-hurricane force by the time it hits the central US Gulf Coast.

Gordon formed into a tropical storm early Monday near the Florida Keys.

Hurricane warnings are posted for Alabama and MS with Tropical Storm Warnings for parts of eastern Louisiana.

Gordon was located about 230 miles (365 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 km/h), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release. Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited.

FRIDAY - MONDAY: As Gordon moves west, slightly more typical weather returns to our area.

Gordon was forecast to come ashore between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time on Tuesday (0000 GMT to 0200 GMT Wednesday) along the Mississippi Gulf coast near the Louisiana state line as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

The storm is forecast to unleash multiple hazards along the coast, including torrential rain, strong winds, and a storm surge of up to several feet, which is a rise in ocean water above normally dry coastal land.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for waters offshore of Apalachicola west to Walton/Okaloosa Counties. The region could see rising waters of 3ft to 5ft.

Dominic Carlucci drove back to his home on the barrier island in his Hummer, and found no damage, just a sagging wooden fence. Storm surge warnings have been issued there, as well.

Separately, Tropical Storm Florence continues to hold steady over the eastern Atlantic.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency as the storm bore down on his state's coast, as did Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many hustled to protect their properties ahead of the storm.

The hurricane center's latest "cone of uncertainty" for Tropical Storm Gordon is a good representation of numerous weather computer models: Most are in good agreement the storm will move off to the northwest.

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