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Tropical Storm Gordon barrels closer to Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon barrels closer to Gulf Coast

Prices jumped the previous day as dozens of United States oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were shut in anticipation of tropical storm Gordon hitting the region.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Mississippi's governor have declared states of emergency, ahead of the expected landfall of Tropical Storm Gordon.

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside the levee system.

There is a moderate risk of rip currents through Tuesday evening, the alert said.

Gradual development of the system is expected and it could become a tropical depression late this week while it moves west across the eastern tropical Atlantic.

Tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) from #Gordon are expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast by Tuesday afternoon, with hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) expected by Tuesday evening. He elevated his house off the ground after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has food, water and two generators.

The storm dumped heavy rain through must of the day, drenching parts of South Florida with up to five inches.

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The U.S. Gulf Coast refineries represent more than 45 percent of the national refining capacity, and the Gulf of Mexico yields 17 percent of the country's total oil production.

Forecasters with the NHC say surge on barrier islands of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana could exceed 2' above ground level, particularly in point east of the storm's center of circulation where winds are the strongest. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", Hurricane Director Ken Graham said.

The tropical storm - which officially formed Monday morning near the Florida Keys - brought a wet Labor Day to Florida, with scattered showers soaking the Bay Area most of the afternoon. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

Please keep in mind that the path and forecast intensity of Gordon is uncertain and can change.

The storm is forecast to weaken again to a tropical storm and then strengthen again to a hurricane as it turns north over the weekend.

Gordon is on track to become the first tropical storm to make landfall in the USA this season.

After a mostly quiet hurricane season, the tropics have sprung to life, but there's no reason for Beaufort County residents or visitors to panic, experts say.

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