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US Gulf Coast Gears Up as Hurricane with Storm Gordon Draws Near

Satellite view of Tropical Storm Gordon on Sept. 4, 2018.

On Monday, the Tropical Storm Gordon has lashed the southern tip of Florida with high winds and rain. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasted that it was likely to come ashore as a hurricane along the central U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday night.

The storm was predicted to make landfall near the border between Louisiana and Mississippi late on Tuesday. It was also forecast to drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the American South, which is still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana declared a state of emergency. He also informed that 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen, along with 63 high-water trucks, 39 boats, and 4 helicopters, were being deployed.

A warning from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency was also issued, saying that the storm might surge between 3 and 5 feet (1 and 1.5 meters). The agency also told the residents of South Mississippi to be prepared to evacuate.

The National Hurricane Center said that on Monday, Storm Gordon was generating winds of 50 miles per hour (80 km per hour), as it whipped west-northwest at 16 mph (27 kph).

Late on Monday, in an advisory, the Miami-based weather forecaster said that Gordon was located about 330 miles (530 kms) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kms/hour).

The storm by Monday afternoon had passed over the southern tip of Florida. As per a spokesman for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Alberto Moscoso, no deaths, injuries or any damages to the buildings were reported.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell also declared a state of emergency for New Orleans on Tuesday, due to which all non-essential government offices were shut down.

The US Coast Guard also issued a warning saying that as the gale force winds from Gordon are expected to arrive, the ports of New Orleans as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, might have to close within 48 hours.

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