Tropics heating up as Florence now 3rd hurricane of 2018

ALERT DAY: calm before the storm Tuesday; Gordon moves in Wednesday

There were no immediate injury or damage reports, other than the tree that fell on the mobile home in Pensacola.

As of 2 a.m. Tuesday, Gordon was about 280 miles east-southeast of the mouth of Mississippi River.

The Miami-based forecasting center says the storm could become a hurricane before expected landfall sometime Tuesday night along the north-central Gulf Coast.

More than 27,000 customers were hit with power cuts as Gordon came ashore Tuesday night, the Associated Press reports. This area includes the Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas. Florence has become a hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic, and this system is expected to turn northwest into the central Atlantic over the coming days. The storm was headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico and had maximum winds of 65 miles per hour.

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Last year, powerful hurricanes walloped Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures.

UPDATE: 7 p.m.: The center of Tropical Storm Gordon was continuing its northwest track with landfall expected this evening or overnight, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center. Boaters are evacuating to safe harbors, and motorists are fleeing barrier islands as the Gulf Coast hustles to get ready for the storm.

Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the Gulf Coast.

Prices had jumped the previous day as dozens of U.S. oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were shut in anticipation of damage from tropical storm Gordon.

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I could see some sparks, but we sit so low we don't see so much but I felt that something was not right and it was pointless so I came in.

We'll call it the "calm before the storm" for your Tuesday, expect highs will top out in the upper 80s and lower 90s. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

Hurricane Nate was the last hurricane to strike the USA, making landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, last October. "I think when you look at how rough the water is today, it's pretty self-explanatory".

The National Weather Service in New Orleans gave tips to city residents how to prepare for the arrival of the storm. "Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across", said Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama. It will be quieter the farther inland you live.

Stay turned to WJHG/WECP for the latest on Gordon as we watch it every step of the way. Hurricane Florence was some 3,900 kilometres away from the USA, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.

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