Tropical Storm Gordon landfall west of the Alabama-Mississippi border

The threat for heavy rains and flooding, strong winds and storm surge, continues along the central Gulf Coast as the center of Gordon continues to move inland. Despite expected weakening, heavy rain and additional flash flooding is possible inland across the Lower Mississippi Valley. Across the Midwest, additional rounds of heavy rain will keep the flood threat going into Thursday.

 
 

Hurricane Local Statement

Tropical Storm Gordon Local Statement Advisory Number 11

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Tropical Storm Gordon Local Statement Advisory Number 11

National Weather Service New Orleans LA  AL072018

1036 PM CDT Tue Sep 4 2018


This product covers Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi


**TROPICAL STORM GORDON MAKES LANDFALL NEAR THE MISSISSIPPI AND

ALABAMA BORDER**


NEW INFORMATION

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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

    - The Storm Surge Warning has been cancelled for Hancock and

      Harrison

    - The Tropical Storm Warning has been cancelled for Northern

      Tangipahoa, Pearl River, Pike, Southern Tangipahoa, St.

      Charles, St. John The Baptist, Upper Jefferson, Upper

      Plaquemines, Walthall, and Washington

    - The Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Watch have been

      cancelled for Lower Plaquemines

    - The Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning have been

      cancelled for Lower St. Bernard, Orleans, St. Tammany, and

      Upper St. Bernard


* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:

    - A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Hancock and Harrison

    - A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect for

      Jackson


* STORM INFORMATION:

    - About 110 miles east-northeast of New Orleans LA or about 40

      miles east of Gulfport MS

    - 30.3N 88.4W

    - Storm Intensity 70 mph

    - Movement Northwest or 315 degrees at 14 mph


SITUATION OVERVIEW

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OVERVIEW...At 1000 PM CDT, the center of Tropical Storm

Gordon was located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude

88.4 West. Gordon is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph.  A

northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is

expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the

center of Gordon will move inland across the lower Mississippi

Valley through Wednesday.  A turn toward the north-northwest

and north is forecast to occur on Friday.


The primary impact will be significant tropical storm force winds

across portions of the Mississippi coast tonight. Secondary threats are

heavy rainfall of 4 to 7 inches with locally higher amounts, and storm

surge of 2 to 4 feet, primarily along the Mississippi coast from

Pascagoula and points eastward.


POTENTIAL IMPACTS

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* WIND:

Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across

eastern portions of coastal Mississippi. Remain well sheltered from dangerous

wind having possible significant impacts.

If realized, these impacts include:

    - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage

      to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings

      experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile

      homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight

      objects become dangerous projectiles.

    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater

      numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several

      fences and roadway signs blown over.

    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban

      or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access

      routes impassable.

    - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent

      in areas with above ground lines.


Elsewhere across Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi, little to

no impact is anticipated.


* SURGE:

Potential impacts from the main surge event are now unfolding across

eastern portions of coastal Mississippi. Remain well away from locally hazardous

surge having possible limited impacts.

If realized, these impacts include:

    - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along

      immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas

      farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.

    - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread

      with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where

      surge water covers the road.

    - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly

      in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.

    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,

      and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.


Elsewhere across Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi, little to

no impact is anticipated.


* FLOODING RAIN:

Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across

coastal Mississippi. Remain well guarded against dangerous

flood waters having possible significant impacts.

If realized, these impacts include:

    - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and

      rescues.

    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter

      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially

      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and

      ditches overflow.

    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.

      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid

      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage

      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as

      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions

      become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures.


Elsewhere across Southeast Louisiana and South Mississippi, little to

no impact is anticipated.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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* EVACUATIONS:


Do not enter evacuated areas until officials have given the all

clear to return.


* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:

Now is the time to stay inside and away from windows. Listen for

updates and be ready in case you lose electrical power. Keep a

battery-powered radio, charged cell phone and flashlight handy.


Keep your cell phone charged and in power-saving mode. If you lose

power, use it sparingly and mainly for personal emergencies and

check-ins.


Do not be a thrill seeker or risk your life for senseless photos or

videos.


If you are prone to flooding or in an area under a storm surge watch

or warning, be prepared for the possibility of a quick and dramatic

rise in water levels.


* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:

- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov

- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org

- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org


NEXT UPDATE

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The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather

Service in New Orleans LA around 2 AM CDT, or sooner if conditions

warrant.


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