Tropical Storm Gordon to Strengthen Into Hurricane, Threatening Gulf Coast

 Alexa Lardieri
  5th-Sep-2018

ALMOST TWO MILLION people are under a hurricane warning as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the Gulf Coast of the United States.

The National Weather Center's Weather Prediction Center forecasts the tropical storm will strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall in Mississippi late Tuesday. Currently, according to the National Hurricane Center, Gordon has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. A hurricane warning is in effect for parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida,and a tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of Louisiana.

The NHC has also issued storm surge warnings for several cities, advising that the surges bring "danger of life-threatening inundation."

"This is a life-threatening situation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other dangerous conditions," NHC stated.

After making landfall in Mississippi, Gordon is predicted to move over Arkansas before heading northeast over Missouri.

Gordon is bringing heavy rain, with 3 to 6 inches possible in some places. Thunderstorms from the Central Plains to the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region can be expected. There is also a risk for severe thunderstorms over parts of the Northern Plains, Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley.

Additionally, the WPC warns of possible widespread flash flooding.

The National Weather Service in Jackson, Mississippi tweeted that strong winds could down trees and brief tornadoes are possible, and NWS Tallahassee warned of rip currents and flooding.

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