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Tropical Storm Gordon Heads for the Gulf

06 September 2018

Thousands of people were without power as tropical storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border.

The center predicted total rain amounts of 4-8 inches in the Florida Panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL.

"Another couple of inches is not out of the realm of possibility", said Cullen.

The weekend looks like we'll have to dodge a few passing showers with 40% chances for rain, but it will not be a washout and afternoon highs will reach around 90°.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder or AIRS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Gordon on September 4 at 3:05 p.m. EDT (19:05 UTC) and analyzed the storm in infrared light. It has winds 105 miles per hour (165 km/h) and was moving northwest at 13 miles per hour. And Gordon did leave behind a calling card. "It continues to "train" and move over the same areas", Cullen said.

The storm was going out swinging: Forecasters said radar spotted possible tornadoes spun off by the storm overnight in southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, and more were possible through Wednesday night in MS and western Alabama.

More than 35,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and MS were without electricity early yesterday, Poweroutage.us reported.

A auto drives through a road as it slowly begins to flood as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Dauphin Island, Ala. New Orleans-area ports were operating under an advisory that called for gale-force winds within 24 hours.

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Most roads in the area are open, with the exception of County Road 399 - J. Earle Bowden Parkway between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach.

Other major oil producers, including ConocoPhillips, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, said they continued to operate and were monitoring conditions. "You don't want to take it lightly, of course".

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Gordon was 95 miles (153 km) southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, and heading west-northwest, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"We're not expecting any severe weather", he said. "These systems drag so much moisture northward with them, that you get an enhancement of the showers and thunderstorms, even a day or two after the system moves inland".

Gordon became a tropical storm on Monday near the Florida Keys, so residents and businesses rushed preparations on Tuesday.

Michael Barradas told The Pensacola News Journal he heard the loud crack and ran out of his mobile home and yelled, "Is everyone OK?'" He says the mother said, "No my baby's in there".

There were not any immediate damage reports.

Tropical Storm Gordon Heads for the Gulf