Tropical Storm Gordon may be losing strength now that it has made landfall late Tuesday night, but there is little time to reflect as a hurricane and a pair of tropical waves bear watching in the Atlantic.
There were no immediate injury or significant damage reports, other than the tree that fell on the mobile home in Pensacola, Florida.
Update 2 p.m.: Several roads are closed following flash flooding in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties. It continues to track to the west-northwest at 13 miles per hour. The storm gained strength Wednesday with winds of 120 miles per hour.
Tropical-storm-force winds were lashing the Alabama and western Florida coastlines, and some areas still recovering from last year's storms could see 30cm of rain.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic basin, Hurricane Florence became the third hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. The next name on the list is Helene, followed by Isaac. Water levels along the northern Gulf of Mexico will gradually subside Wednesday morning.
At 11 a.m., the center of the Category 3 hurricane was about 1,370 east-southeast of Bermuda.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared emergencies.
"We had no impacts from the storm and operations resumed as normal this morning", said Gresham.
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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".
"We're not expecting any severe weather", he said. Beyond the weekend, confidence is low on any track beyond 5 days, but the east coast must monitor closely.
In addition to strong winds and heavy rainfall, people along a large swath of the coast are bracing for the effects of a potentially life-threatening storm surge.
On Tuesday, residents and officials in the western Panhandle were watching Gordon's approach.
Rainfall from the storm is now expected to be comparable to a summer shower or thunderstorm, local meteorologists are predicting, though a shift in the storm's track could dramatically increase rainfall amounts. As much as 20 centimetres of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late on Thursday as the tropical weather moves inland toward Arkansas.
Cantrell urged residents within the levee protection area to stock up on supplies and shelter in place.
Though beach conditions may be better today, there is a high risk of rip currents through Tuesday evening. Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited.
Mayors of barrier islands in the storm's path had warned that their communities might get cut off from the mainland.
"Slow down, the roadways are going to be wet; just make sure that you're not going to cross any standing water because flowing water across a roadway the roadway could be washed out", says Lt. Eddie Elmore with the Florida Highway Patrol.