Heavy rain hits Florida as tropical storm Gordon approaches

ALERT DAY: calm before the storm Tuesday; Gordon moves in Wednesday

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As of 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said Gordon's intensity reached 65 miles per hour, heading in a northwesterly direction towards the MS and Alabama coasts at a fast 17 miles per hour.

An additional 4,000 people are without power across the state, but mostly on Dauphin Island in the south, according to Alabama power. He elevated his house off the ground after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has food, water and two generators.

Visiting from Nashville, the couple planned to stay on the island despite the storm.

Storm surge of 1 to 5 feet will be possible along the MS and southeastern Louisiana coastline near landfall.

Most of the more significant weather concerns of this forecast is the first 24 hours with the approach and eventual landfall of Tropical Storm Gordon...potentially as a CAT 1 Hurricane.

The US Coast Guard said the ports of New Orleans and Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Center is predicting a "life-threatening" storm surge along parts of the central Gulf coast.

Hurricane warning in effect for the MS coast! It is about 1,2040 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,270 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles.

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Of course, people were even more concerned for New Orleans, as the city suffered so much damage after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is incredibly unlikely we will feel winds that strong here in Kentuckiana. "We expect our citizens to be doing the same".

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Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf, said the storm was approaching just as the island was finishing up recovery from Hurricane Nate previous year. While we won't get the bulk of Gordon's rain, we will get partly to mostly cloudy skies and a breezy southeast wind while the storm is nearby Wednesday and Thursday.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared emergencies.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the storm's center, with tropical storm force winds outward up to 105 miles.

Hurricane Florence was some 3,900 kilometres away from the USA, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned: "The city's absolute number one priority is to ensure the safety of our residents". Current spaghetti forecast models indicate that storm will spin off to sea.

The peak of the hurricane season is September 10.

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