U.S. Gulf Coast bracing for Hurricane Gordon as storm nears

U.S. Gulf Coast bracing for Hurricane Gordon as storm nears

As of right now, hurricane warnings have been issued for all of Alabama's Gulf Coast as well as Mississippi's.

Tropical Storm Gordon appeared to be gathering strength as it emerged into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon, and the National Hurricane Center's forecast track takes the core of the storm very close to Alabama by Tuesday night.

Sustained winds of tropical-storm-force are likely in the zone under a hurricane warning, with the possibility of hurricane-force gusts, over 74 miles per hour. As of the 8pm update winds are sustained around 60 miles per hour.

Gordon was expected to strengthen into a hurricane just before making landfall in MS sometime Tuesday or Wednesday.

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside the levee system.

The storm was lashing South Florida on Monday with high winds and heavy rains as it moved west-northwest at 16 miles per hour (26 kph).

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Flash flooding will also be a concern as we have picked up a lot of rain over the past couple of weeks. It predicts rising waters of 3 to 5 feet in an area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

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"There's not a lot of difference between a strong tropical storm and a minimal hurricane", he said.

"It's a relatively small storm, so you could go one or two counties away from you and it wouldn't be the same impacts". More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.

The National Weather Service said Monday that Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City in Florida were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours.

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

The Atlantic and Pacific oceans bordering the United States are in the midst of hurricane season, where hurricane Lane and Chris have already made landfall.

"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.

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