Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Tropical Storm brings hurricane watch to US Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm brings hurricane watch to US Gulf Coast

Conditions were expected to deteriorate westward to New Orleans as the stormed closed in on the coast, possibly becoming the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year.

Forecasters are expecting 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimetres) of rain over the Bahamas, Florida Keys, and South Florida through early Tuesday, with some areas seeing up to 8 inches (20 centimetres).

A hurricane watch is in effect along the MS and Alabama coast while a tropical storm warning is in effect across portions of South Florida, the Florida Keys and central Gulf Coast.

A hurricane warning is in effect along the MS and Alabama coast, where the storm is expected to make landfall Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

Tropical Storm brings hurricane watch to US Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm brings hurricane watch to US Gulf Coast

Meteorologists were also tracking Tropical Storm Florence Monday, which was moving west with sustained winds of almost 70 mph about 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles islands.

The storm is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall Tuesday.

Most recently, Hurricane Lane brushed past Hawaii last week, delivering a total 50 inches of rain and casting trees into the streets.

8 P.M. UPDATE: Tropical Storm Gordon has intensified and now packs winds of 60 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 p.m. advisory Monday.

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.

Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said. The storm weakened into a depression Wednesday but remained risky, dumping rain, spawning possible tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake. It could become a tropical cyclone by Monday night with a minimum expected winds of 39 miles per hour, the NHC said. Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and Gordon is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday.

It promised more of the same on a forecast track expected to take it northeast into Arkansas, which was forecast to get heavy rain from the system by Wednesday night.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of storm surges of between 1 and 1.5 metres and told South Mississippi residents to be prepared to evacuate.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect.

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

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