Gordon makes landfall as Florence gains strength as category 2 hurricane

Gordon makes landfall as Florence gains strength as category 2 hurricane

Governors in MS and Louisiana have declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast.

"Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions to portions of the central Gulf Coast where a Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning are in effect", the center says.

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

Gordon will make landfall in MS late Tuesday and is expected to keep moving northwest, Godwin said. This will bring periods of rain to Missouri and IL with the potential for several inches of rain from Thursday into the weekend.

Gordon was generating winds of 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour) on Tuesday as it steamed west-northwest at 17 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm's predicted track had shifted slightly east by Monday evening, meaning Louisiana was just outside the area under the hurricane warning. Tornadoes are possible in the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday night.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency, allowing them to mobilize state resources and National Guard troops to help during and after the storm.

Oil futures climbed Tuesday, with U.S. futures edging above $70 a barrel, on concerns that a looming tropical storm off the U.S. Gulf Coast could hit oil production.

In Denham Springs, Mike O'Neal isn't expecting his restaurant Big Mike's Sports Bar and Grill, which flooded in 2016, to take water from Gordon, but he's concerned streets in the area will flood, preventing employees from coming to work. Gordon's maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour (110 kilometers).

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents through Tuesday evening, the alert said.

USA oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Monday evacuated workers and shut production at two offshore oil platforms, and other companies with production and refining operations along the Gulf Coast said they were securing facilities.

But much of the storms effects will bypass the Tampa Bay area completely, according to Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Ruskin.