Off the African coast, a tropical wave several hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands now has an 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm over the next five days as it moves westward across the Atlantic, the Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning. A storm surge warning has been issued for the area stretching from Louisiana to Alabama.
New Orleans government offices and Orleans Parish Schools are closed Tuesday.
Visiting from Nashville, the couple planned to stay on the island despite the storm.
The outer rain bands of Tropical Storm Gordon are producing heavy rain and gusty winds along Florida's western panhandle.
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The storm halted some energy production in the US Gulf, with companies evacuating 54 offshore platforms and halting 156,907 barrels-per-day of oil production and 232 million cubic feet-per-day of natural gas output. The system did not reach the hurricane status previously forecast, however, warnings of "life-threatening" conditions remain in effect for areas expected to be hit with rapidly rising storm surges between MS and Alabama.
The NHC advisory warned that winds up 70mph can be witnessed as Gordon makes the landfall west of Alabama-Mississippi border.
Helen Thacker, Nicole Baker and Dana Baker, left to right, walk through a flooded area near a home as tropical storm Gordon approaches Dauphin Island, Ala.
LINK: You can track the storms at MyFoxHurricane. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center.
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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Mississippi's governor have declared states of emergency, ahead of the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Gordon.
Tropical storm and storm surge warnings were in effect along a long stretch of the central Gulf Coast from Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain, to the Alabama-Florida border.
"When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across. Now is the time to get your plans all set", director Ken Graham said. A storm surge watch spreads west to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east to Navarre, FL.
The eye of Gordon is heading toward an area around Gulfport, Miss., the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET update.
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