Tropical Storm Gordon Threatens Cruise Itineraries

Tropical Storm Gordon Threatens Cruise Itineraries

Winds of about 70 miles per hour (113 km per hour) were expected to reach hurricane force of at least 74 mph (119 kph) by the time storm reaches the Gulf Coast and some areas still recovering from last year's storms could see 12 inches (30 cm) of rain.

The storm was forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on the central Gulf Coast Tuesday evening, likely between Mobile and New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is expected to make landfall in the southern Louisiana area around New Orleans between 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Right now, maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with higher gusts, according to the NHC. It drenched Florida on Labor Day, forcing officials in Miami and the Florida Panhandle to close beaches due to rough surf and potential rip currents.

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.

Tropical Storm Gordon is set to slam into the north central Gulf Coast on Tuesday night. The area of greatest risk Monday night will shift to the west coast of Florida from Tampa to Fort Meyers as Tropical Storm Gordon begins to pull away.

"The combination of a unsafe storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the NHC forecast warns. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said on Sunday he had activated the state's Crisis Action Team as a precaution. Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and Gordon is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday.

NHC forecasters say that a westward-northwestward to northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next few days.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency told South Mississippi residents to be prepared to evacuate.

Mayors of barrier islands in the storm's path warned that their communities might get cut off from the mainland.

Seawater could spill onshore as high as 3 to 5 feet, spelling significant trouble for roads and towns along the coast.

The National Hurricane Center said it is way too early to know if either of those storms will have any impact on land.

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