Tropical Storm wind gusts impacting SW Alabama as Gordon approaches Gulf Coast

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Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall on Tuesday just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, lashing the U.S. Gulf Coast with high winds and heavy rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The governors of Louisiana and MS have declared states of emergency, and emergency operations centers have been activated from Florida to Louisiana as officials urge residents to prepare for the storm.

Forecasters say they still expect Tropical Storm Gordon to become a hurricane before making landfall somewhere along or near the MS coast.

Flooding was also a risk.

Wednesday morning: Hurricane Gordon will be moving northwest through Mississippi.

Tropical Storm Warnings now include the western Panhandle of Florida.

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Innes said the price outlook for crude was still bullish, in large part because of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector from November. This one is expected to become a tropical depression or storm soon.

"I'm asking all residents to do their part in getting ready for this storm", New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement.

Gordon's heaviest rainfall is expected from the northern Gulf Coast to parts of Arkansas through Thursday.

Governor Phil Bryant, MEMA Executive Director Gregory Michel and Hancock County Emergency Management Director Brian Adam are holding a press conference to update the preparedness and response efforts of Tropical Storm Gordon from state and local leadership.

Gordon should be a hurricane when it hits lands on the north-central Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, forecasters said.

National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Esbensen said the storm's track shows it will likely make landfall on the MS coast, and forecasters are reasonably confident the track won't shift much, if at all.

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More than 2,000 Mississippi Power customers on the Mississippi Coast are affected by the outages.

"When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across".

LINK: You can track the storms at MyFoxHurricane.

Gordon is still a tropical storm, with winds remaining steady at 65 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said.

Grand Isle Mayor David Campardelle called for a voluntary evacuation of the barrier island. Hurricane Florence was some 3,900 kilometres away from the US, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.

There are no watches or warnings in effect as Florence is in the open waters.

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