Tropical Storm Gordon races toward U.S.
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[September 04, 2018]
(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gordon
barreled on Tuesday toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it was expected to
become a hurricane and shake parts of the south with high winds and
heavy rain, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm was due to come ashore late on Tuesday near the border between
Louisiana and Mississippi, and drop as much as eight inches (20 cm) of
rain in areas still recovering from last year's hurricanes.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and
said 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen were being deployed, along with 63
high-water trucks, 39 boats, and four helicopters.
New Orleans' mayor, LaToya Cantrell, declared her own state of emergency
and closed all non-essential government offices.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of storm surges of
between 3 and 5 feet and told South Mississippi residents to be prepared
Gordon was generating winds of 65 miles per hour (105 kph) on Tuesday as
it headed west-northwest, the National Hurricane Center said.
As of Tuesday morning, it was located about 230 miles east-southeast of
the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Miami-based weather forecaster
U.S. oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp evacuated workers and shut
production at two offshore oil platforms on Monday, and other companies
with production and refining operations along the Gulf Coast said they
were securing facilities.
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Trees sway as Storm Gordon descends on Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
U.S., September 3, 2018 in this still image taken from a video
obtained from social media. @Saralina77/via REUTERS
The U.S. Coast Guard also said the ports of New Orleans as well as
Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48
Last year, powerful hurricanes hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico,
causing thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars worth
of damage and massive power outages.
The storm passed over Florida's southern tip on Monday afternoon.
There were no reports of any injuries or deaths or any damage to
buildings, said Alberto Moscoso, a spokesman for the Florida
Division of Emergency Management.
(Reporting Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Louise Heavens
and Andrew Heavens)
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