Governor Edwards Declares State Of Emergency Ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon

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The hurricane center also is monitoring a tropical wave a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands.

While the system is expected to bring hurricane winds and rain to the Gulf Coast, the fast 17 miles per hour pace at which the storm was moving gave it less time to strengthen over waters before it is expected to hit land.

A hurricane watch was issued from the mouth of the Pearl River, in Mississippi, to the Alabama-Florida border, the NHC said, and a storm surge warning was issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana to the Mississippi-Alabama border, the NHC said.

5 P.M. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Gordon was showing signs of strengthening Monday and the National Hurricane Center now says Gordon will likely reach hurricane strength before striking the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday.

Gordon lashed south Florida with rain and tropical storm-force winds.

Tropical Storm Gordon has formed and is continuing to strengthen. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour.

A view of the waves at the Dania Beach Pier as Tropical Storm Gordon passes by South Florida with wind gusts and heavy rainfall on September 3, 2018. Areas along the central and eastern Gulf Coast (including areas inland) need to prepare for heavy rainfall, gusty winds, isolated tornadoes, and rip currents and coastal flooding for immediate coastal areas within the next 24-48 hours.

Gordon continued to weaken Wednesday after becoming a tropical depression as it made landfall near the Mississippi-Alabama border, the National Hurricane Center said.

What has been dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven was set to drench part of the Florida-Alabama border from Tuesday night, dropping as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of a region still reeling from hurricanes a year ago. The storm is expected to gather strength while making its way through the Gulf of Mexico. Storm surge warnings have been issued there, as well. The track of the storm stays well to our south and west.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations. Cruise Hive will monitor the growing Tropical Storm and will post updates which impact the cruise industry including ship itineraries and ports.

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