“All coastal Alabama residents need to prepare now ahead of tonight’s potential landfall,” she tweeted. “Our state will be ready for whatever Gordon may bring,”
A flash flood watch was issued for Alabama’s Mobile and Baldwin counties, where 4 to 6 inches of rain is possible.
Residents and officials along the northern Gulf coast are bracing for the arrival Tuesday night of what’s expected to become Hurricane Gordon, The Weather Channel reports.
Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center, said during a Facebook live session Tuesday morning that water will be the main story of the storm, with a “life-threatening” storm surge of 3 to 5 feet predicted along western Alabama, Mississippi and extreme eastern Louisiana coasts.
Schools and colleges planned to dismiss students early on Tuesday, or close altogether, in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Airlines including Delta, American Airlines, Southwest and Frontier say they may waive fees for itinerary changes for passengers traveling to and from select cities should flight cancelations become necessary.
In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Edwards announced at a news conference Monday evening that 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana, where heavy rains and strong winds are anticipated Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
“Nobody should panic but everybody should take this seriously,” Bel Edwards said during a Monday news conference.
In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday ahead of the storm.
Gulfport, Biloxi and Long Beach ordered that their harbors be evacuated, leaving boat owners scrambling to secure or evacuate their vessels, WLOX-TV reported.
“We’re asking people to do the same things that we’re doing: prepare,” Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich in a statement. “There’s no reason to be alarmed. We’re being told to expect rain and wind, and we’re preparing accordingly. We expect our citizens to be doing the same.”
The Gulf Islands National Seashore islands, including East and West Ship, Horn, Cat, Petit Bois, and West Petit Bois Islands have been closed to the public until further notice, WLOX also reported.
Numerous school districts, particularly along the Mississippi coast, announced closures for Tuesday, WLOX reports.
The Mississippi Emergency Operations Center said the greatest threat is heavy rainfall and flooding, along with hurricane-force winds which will impact much of South Mississippi and 3 to 5 feet of storm surge. Officials warned that people living in low lying areas should have a plan to evacuate if waters begin to rise.
NOAA forecasters are now calling for 9 to 13 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher, of which 4 to 7 will strengthen into hurricanes. Of those storms, there may be up to 2 major hurricanes, which are classified as Category 3, 4 and 5 with winds of 111 mph or higher, FOX News reports.
Stay safe out there!
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