Hurricane season is underway and September is the peak time for strengthening storms.
Tropical Storm Gordon is headed toward Mississippi’s coastline and the storm is expected to strengthen to a category 1 hurricane when it comes ashore on late Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The National Hurricane Center has predicted a “life-threatening” storm surge of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters) along areas of the central Gulf Coast.
Flooding is a risk and about 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through Thursday evening as the tropical system moves inland toward Arkansas.
The governors of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana have declared states of emergency, and have mobilized state resources along with the National Guard troops to assist with evacuation and re-entry efforts.
Another storm is forming out in the eastern Atlantic, named Florence, has been labeled a hurricane. The storm is not threatening land at this time.