Thousands of people are without power along the Gulf Coast late on Tuesday, as the region prepares for a possible hurricane that will land sometime during the night.
Tropical storm Gordon released strong waves, strong winds and heavy rains, which strengthened as it turned toward the north coast of the United States Gulf.
Gordon was forecast to reach land between 7pm and 9pm local time on Tuesday along the Mississippi Gulf Coast near the Louisiana state line as a category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale .
Earlier on Tuesday, families filled sandbags, took patio furniture and stocked batteries and bottled water while the Gulf Coast prepared for Gordon, which would become the second hurricane to affect the region in less than a year. year.
The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, declared a state of emergency and companies cut 9 percent of oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.
Boats plow the waves and rain from Tropical Storm Gordon on Dauphin Island, Alabama on Tuesday
Tropical storm Gordon released strong waves, strong winds and heavy rains, which strengthened as it turned toward the north coast of the United States Gulf. The image above was taken on Tuesday at Dauphin Island
Late on Tuesday, the storm was just south of the city of Biloxi, Mississippi
Currently listed as a tropical storm, Gordon could become a hurricane if the winds reach at least 74 miles per hour. The map above shows the region of the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the area of influence of West Florida where authorities are on alert
Gordon is expected to make landfall in the Mississippi-Alabama region between 7 p.m. and the 9 p. M. Tuesday local time
Wind gusts are expected to rebound as the storm approaches the coast on Tuesday
The forecast requires significant rainfall throughout the region, with southern Alabama and Mississippi having more rainfall
The intensity of the wind is expected to decrease as Gordon moves inland.
Authorities are concerned about potentially dangerous storms that threaten life along the coast
The coastal region in Mississippi is likely to see storm surges of up to 5 feet
"I ask all residents to do their part to prepare for this storm," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement.
"The absolute priority number 1 of the city is to ensure the safety of our residents."
Winds of approximately 70 miles per hour are expected to reach a hurricane force of at least 74 mph by the time the storm reaches the Gulf Coast and some areas still recovering from last year's storms could see 12 inches of rain .
The beaches around Mobile, Alabama, were being washed away by storm waves on Tuesday morning, said Stephen Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
"We expect an increase in winds," Miller said in a telephone interview.
"We could see floods."
The storm was producing strong winds and heavy rains along the coast of the western Panhandle of Florida and along the Texas coast, the National Hurricane Center said in an afternoon warning.
Sea levels could rise up to 5 feet from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama, meteorologists said.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency told residents of southern Mississippi that they are prepared to evacuate.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Gordon was 95 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, and was heading west-northwest, according to the National Hurricane Center.
At LaFrance Marina, near Ansley, Mississippi, a mile north of Heron Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, marina owner Sue Cates said a tsunami would surely push water into the navy's camps, causing the evacuation is the only option. he has to protect himself
The satellite image taken on Tuesday night shows the storm that hits the Gulf Coast
In Mississippi, state officials order the closure of 12 casinos along the Gulf Coast while Gordon approaches
Laura Cunningham (left), Hunter Shows (center) and Brandon Perry (right) watch the waves of tropical storm Gordon crash on Tuesday at Dauphin Island
However, she said that she and her husband will remain in their house, which is on high piles, 24 feet above the ground.
Built after Hurricane Katrina, the house is built to withstand a wind of 150 miles per hour, he said.
"We're very high, and I think we'll be fine," Cates said.
"The people around here are well trained for this kind of thing."
In Mississippi, state officials are ordering that they close 12 casinos along the Gulf Coast while Gordon approaches.
The executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, Allen Godfrey, says the commission ordered gambling halls to close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Such closures are typical before tropical storms and hurricanes, because the casinos are located in places facing the sea. While the casinos themselves do not flood, access roads and parking areas often do.
Workers are uprooting the traffic signs boxes along a beachfront road in Mississippi and lowering the high traffic lights before Gordon's arrival.
Mississippi Transportation Department spokesman Jason Scott says that about 50 signal control boxes are being eliminated throughout the United States 90, which is parallel to the Mississippi Sound and could be under water in the storm surge of Gordon.
Workers are also downloading dozens of lights from tall masts along Interstate 10 nearby.
The DOT is blocking three drawbridges in place, which means that no more tall boats can move inward to safety.
Then, the workers will remove the warning doors with long arms to prevent them from flying away.
A car drives across a road, as it slowly begins to flood as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches Tuesday on Dauphin Island, Alabama
The equipment is also ready to remove sand and debris from the United States 90 and other roads after the storm.
US oil company Anadarko Petroleum Corp evacuated workers and shut production at two offshore oil rigs on Monday, and other companies with production and refining operations along the Gulf coast said they were securing facilities.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to 17 percent of US crude oil and 5 percent of natural gas production daily, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
The US Coast Guard UU He said the ports of New Orleans and Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, could have to close in 48 hours.
Last year, hurricanes hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing widespread destruction and thousands of deaths.
The Inn at Ocean Springs and the Roost Hotel in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, had guests planning to leave the storm, said Kristin Smith, general manager of both hotels.
"Many guests really feel comfortable sticking in our rooms," Smith said in a telephone interview.
"Any of our guests who feel they want to go home, we encourage them to follow their instincts."
Just a few hours before the storm hit land, a few people stayed on the beach, bathing in the sun before the tropical rainbands became more numerous.
Others did their family rituals of preparation before the storm, including the staff of The Whiskey Hotel in Pass Christian, Mississippi, just one block from the Gulf of Mexico.
The hotel restaurant planned to remain open on Tuesday night as usual, fortified with sandbags to avoid torrential rains, the manager said.
A hurricane warning is in effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border.
Meteorologists expect Gordon to become a hurricane before making landfall along or near the Mississippi coast.
The National Hurricane Center predicts a "life-threatening" storm surge along parts of the central Gulf coast, and up to 8 inches of rain could fall in parts of the Gulf states until Thursday night when the tropical climate moves Mississippi Valley.
Storm clouds loom over a beach when Tropical Storm Gordon approaches Waveland, Mississippi, on Tuesday
Chris Stebly tries to catch some waves when tropical storm Gordon heads for the coast on Tuesday in Dauphin Island, Alabama
Children play in the Crystal Beach while the waves of Tropical Storm Gordon wave the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida, on Tuesday
Mitchell Nugent paddles a board to the waves near Crystal Beach as Tropical Storm Gordon waves the Gulf of Mexico in Destub, Florida on Tuesday
Rain clouds and clouds move in the city before the arrival of Tropical Storm Gordon in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday
Residents fill bags with sand when tropical storm Gordon approaches Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Inmates of the Hancock County Corrections Department fill bags with sand when tropical storm Gordon approaches Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
The governors of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana declared Gordon's emergency states, which allowed them to quickly mobilize state resources and National Guard troops to help during and after the storm.
The storm is still forecast to go above the 74 mph threshold to be a hurricane before making landfall on Tuesday night or Wednesday.
The US Coast Guard has already closed the ports of Mississippi in Gulfport and Pascagoula and the port in Mobile, Alabama, anticipating the hurricane winds in 12 hours.
President Donald Trump said in a tweet that the federal government is ready to help anyone on the path of Tropical Storm Gordon.
A storm surge warning was issued for the area extending from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama.
The warning means that there is a danger of a flood that endangers life. The region could see rising waters of 3 to 5 feet.
"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and east of the location of the land, where the waves will be accompanied by large waves," the center said.
Chief hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart observes monitors at the National Hurricane Center, Tuesda in Miami
Evan Green, 8, leaves the water when the first clouds of tropical storm Gordon arrive on Tuesday at Dauphin Island
Sailors prepare Sea Biscuit to leave Long Beach Harbor on Tuesday in Long Beach, Mississippi, before Tropical Storm Gordon
Kamdn Boose, 4, helps his family fill sandbags in Long Beach Harbor, Mississippi, on Tuesday
Gordon is expected to turn into a hurricane on Tuesday night when he reaches the central coast of the US Gulf. UU., Including the Mississippi Coast
The federal Office of Safety and Environmental Compliance said that workers from at least 54 oil and gas production platforms in the Gulf have been evacuated before Gordon.
In Louisiana, Governor Edwards said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed in southeast Louisiana.
In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant also declared a state of emergency and said that state resources are being mobilized.
Pat Landry, owner of the Landry House Bed & Breakfast in Grand Isle, Louisiana, said Monday night that he was trying to pick up everything in the yard to prepare for the storm surge expected with the arrival of Gordon. .
The mayor of Grand Isle, David Campardelle, called for a voluntary evacuation of the barrier island. The mayor took note of the ongoing construction on Highway 1, the only road that connects Grand Isle with the rest of the state, and said it could cause "serious problems". to the evacuated people.
"If you leave, you have to leave before the road floods," Landry said.
While New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city has "the bombs and power" needed to protect residents, it has still advised them to prepare for the worst.
Gordon formed a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday, hitting the southern part of the state with heavy rain and strong winds before moving to the Gulf of Mexico.
The forecast trajectory of the storm had shifted slightly east on Monday night, which means that Louisiana is currently outside the area under hurricane warning.
Still, the southeastern part of the state remains under a tropical storm warning and residents must be prepared for the storm to shift westward, Edwards said.
"This storm has every chance of moving further in our direction," Edwards said during a press conference on Monday night.
Meteorologists expect Gordon to become a hurricane before landing somewhere along or near the Mississippi coast on Tuesday night
A map shows the parts of the Gulf Coast that are under observation of storm surges or warning on Tuesday
The National Weather Service warns residents of Gulf Coast states of the dangers of flooding inside tropical storm Gordon
Miami Beach police said on Twitter that Labor Day holidays were not "a day at the beach," with strong waves and possible rip currents.
Red flags flew over the beaches of the Pensacola area in the Florida Panhandle, where swimming and waders in the Gulf of Mexico were prohibited.
More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power on Monday due to weather conditions.
On the other hand, the tropical storm Florence continues to remain stable over the eastern Atlantic. Meteorologists say that small changes in force are expected in the coming days and that there are no warnings or coastal warnings in effect.
Storm Gordon has seen oil prices exceed $ 70 per barrel, after two oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were evacuated as the hurricane arrives.
A surfer enjoys the waves lifted by tropical storm Gordon on Monday in Miami, when heavy rains and gusts of wind hit the Keys and southern Florida
Walter Augier (L) and Jhon M. fish when tropical storm Gordon lashes rain and wind in Miami on Monday
South Florida was expected to receive heavy rains and winds on Labor Day. In the photo, bathers who seek refuge on Sunday
Meteorologists also warned about the high risks of the hangover current due to bad weather, advising bathers to swim near a life preserver
Rick Scott urged Floridians and visitors to Florida to check the weather, as weather experts advise bathers to swim near a lifeguard because of the high risks of the rip current. In the photo, bathers who seek refuge during a storm on Sunday in Florida
Last year, powerful hurricanes hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, massive blackouts and devastation in hundreds of thousands of structures.
At the mouth of the Mississippi River, around the New Orleans area, the storm could generate an increase of up to 4 feet and small waves could hit the coasts along other parts of the Gulf coast, Graham said.
The US Coast Guard UU He also warned that the ports of New Orleans, as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours when Gordon's hurricane winds are expected.