Hurricane Warning Issued for Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon is impacting south Florida.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents. The forecast brings the storms through the Gulf over the next 24-36hrs before making landfall somewhere in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama. Still, the southeastern part of the state remains under a tropical storm warning and residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west, Edwards said.

Wind gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Fort Lauderdale, 49 mph in Pembroke Pines, and 51 mph in Opa-locka.

The storm has already begun lashing South Florida with high winds and heavy rains as it moved west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

Forecasters say little change in strength is expected in coming days and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

And in the eastern Pacific, neither Hurricane Norman nor Tropical Storm Olivia is forecast to affect any land areas.

The storm is also expected to produce rainfall totals of 4-6 inches over Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The storm is now threatening the Florida Panhandle and Gulf Coast with rain, wind and waves.

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 from the City of New Orleans.

Winds are expected to remain at tropical storm status (39 to 73mph), and make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for.* Golden Beach to Bonita Beach* Craig Key to Ocean Reef, including Florida Bay* Alabama-Florida border westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. Some area in southern Florida may receives 8 inches. Gordon may travel into Arkansas by early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. A storm surge watch was extended eastward from the border to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning was extended eastward to the Okaloosa-Walton county line.

The center said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory that Tropical Storm Florence was located about 225 miles (365 kilometers) west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour (75 kph).

  • Valerie Cook