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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on Gulf Coast; may become hurricane when it slams into Louisiana, Mississippi

Governors in Mississippi and Louisiana have declared states of emergency as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast.
The storm, bringing gusty winds and heavy rain, is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall along the Mississippi coastline Tuesday evening.
"Nobody should panic but everybody should take this seriously," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference Monday.
The path for Tropical Storm Gordon takes it into the Gulf Coast around Biloxi, Miss., late Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (ABC News)
Gordon is in the Gulf of Mexico, off the west coast off Florida, on Tuesday morning. (ABC News)
Heavy rain and inland flooding are major concerns for Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas. Some areas may see up to 1 foot of rain.
Inland flooding from Mississippi to Arkansas may be especially dangerous.
PHOTO: Marquis Chaney, with the City of Saraland, loads a truck up with sand bags to help residents prepare for Tropical Storm Gordon, Sept. 4, 2018, in Saralad, Ala. (Dan Anderson/AP)
Storm surge is also a concern, potentially reaching as high as 5 feet.
Because of the combined threat of coastal flooding and increased storm surge, New Orleans issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside of the levee system.
New Orleans government offices and Orleans Parish Schools are closed Tuesday.

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