Gordon will make a direct and impactful landfall along the Gulf Coast Monday night, bringing hurricane force winds, storm surge, and up to 200 mm of rain to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
A Hurricane Warning extends from the mouth of the Pearl river to the Alabama-Florida border, with Tropical Storm Warnings extending farther west into Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain.
Gordon's top sustained winds are 65 miles per hour, but the storm is forecast to go above the 74 miles per hour threshold to be a hurricane before hitting land late Tuesday or on Wednesday. Hurricane Nate was the last hurricane to strike the USA, making landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, last October.
Florence was moving toward the west-northwest near at 12 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour with higher gusts, according to the hurricane center's 11 a.m. Tuesday update.
"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", according to NHC meteorologist Richard Pasch.
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Ray Coleman, a spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, said residents should be on highest alert.
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It has been reported by several local news outlets that a sheriff's deputy was shot but no civilians were injured in the incident. A man shot by an officer after he opened fire at the Del Mar Fairgrounds was in stable condition on Monday, authorities said.
Gordon became a tropical storm Monday near the Florida Keys, so residents and businesses rushed preparations Tuesday.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared emergencies.
Analysts said Gordon has winds of up to 65-miles-per-hour and is expected to charge inland over the lower MS valley Wednesday.
In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside the levee system.
These gates are all in Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, primarily along the Industrial Canal and susceptible to high-tide conditions if not closed, the city says.
U.S. oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp. evacuated workers and shut production at two offshore oil platforms Monday, and other companies with production and refining operations along the Gulf Coast said they were securing facilities. Current spaghetti forecast models indicate that storm will spin off to sea.
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