Tropical Storm Gordon is moving through the Gulf of Mexico with 65 mph winds and headed toward Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama as of Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 4. All three states have issued a state of emergency declaration in preparation for landfall on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
As of Tuesday afternoon no evacuations have been issued in affected areas. In the event evacuations are issued, evacuation routes for Alabama can be found here, click here for Louisiana routes and Mississippi routes can be accessed here. Governors in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have issued a state of emergency declaration, effectively suspending some Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for those providing directly for relief efforts.
At 65 mph, Tropical Storm Gordon is just below Category 1 hurricane status, which has a wind range of 74 to 95 mph. Forecasts have Gordon reaching Category 1 status at around 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday, when it will reach the coasts of southeast Louisiana to southwest Alabama.
On Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center lifted tropical storm warnings for areas west of Grand Isle, La. Hurricane warnings are in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River at the Louisiana-Mississippi border to the Alabama-Florida border. The following areas should prepare for the following water heights above ground:
- 3-5 feet: Shell Beach, La., to Dauphin Island, Ala.
- 2-4 feet: Navarre, Fla., to Dauphin Island, including Mobile Bay
- 2-4 feet: Shell Beach to the mouth of the Mississippi River
- 1-2 feet: Mouth of Mississippi River to the Louisiana-Texas border
Gordon is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central Mississippi, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through late Thursday. This rainfall will cause flash flooding across portions of these areas.
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