Tropical Storm Gordon track expected to bring winds to Sebastian, Vero Beach

Sep 05, 2018, 04:59

Cantrell said the city expects to see impact of the storm beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday.

A slow weakening trend is expected on Tuesday.

A hurricane watch remains in effects for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

Tropical Storm Gordon's gusty winds and heavy rains began buffeting the Alabama coast on Tuesday night after coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana hustled to prepare for the deluge. Many replies to various National Weather Service accounts or other outlets with their pleas that the storm veer spontaneously away, as the Gulf coast is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

A storm surge watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A Hurricane Watch is in effect from the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida Border.

Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited.

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Separately, the Atlantic was expected "to stay active" in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said.

The National Weather Service said Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City also could expect hazardous weather on Monday.

The last time there was no hurricane between July 13 and September 3, peak season, was in 2013, Klotzbach said.

Alert Day Tuesday: numerous thunderstorms with tropical storm conditions possible late in the day.

A hurricane watch - meaning that hurricane conditions are possible - was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border. The storm could come crashing into New Orleans with winds as high as 70 miles per hour.

Tornado threat is possible, but the threat appears limited.

Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations are possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes.

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About 300 vessels in Biloxi's harbors have been ordered to evacuate by 2 p.m. Tuesday due to the risk from storm surge there.

Flooding was also a high risk for the areas affected by the storm, including portions of southeast Louisiana north of Interstate 10 and southwest MS west of Interstate 55.

The storm was forecast to come ashore late on Sep.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release.

The center said in its 8:30 a.m. EDT advisory that the storm was centered 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Key Largo and 85 miles (135 kilometers) southeast of Marco Island.

Gordon strengthened early Monday night with max winds up to 60 miles per hour.

Skies quickly turned from partly cloudy to dark gray as storms spread over the port city of Mobile in the evening.

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