Until last week, the 2018 North Atlantic Hurricane Season was noted for its inactivity, especially regarding storms impacting land. Now, two tropical systems, Florence and Gordon, are churning in the Atlantic basin, one of which, Gordon, is impacting the United States.
As of early Tuesday evening, Tropical Storm Gordon sits in the Gulf of Mexico a mere 95 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi. This system boasted maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was moving northwest at 15 mph. Gordon may briefly reach hurricane status before it makes its expected landfall later Tuesday evening local time.
According to the National Hurricane Center, storm surge of 3 feet to 5 feet is possible between the mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana and Dauphin Island, Alabama. As such, a storm surge warning was issued for this area, while hurricane warnings extend eastward to the Alabama/Florida border. Rainfall of 4 to 8 inches, with localized 12 inch amounts are expected both near the coast and inland in the Gulf States.