Gordon set to strike tonight!
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Mobile and Baldwin Counties until the threat passes on Wednesday morning. The Hurricane Warning is in place from the mouth of the Pearl River to the AL-FL border.
Tropical Storm Gordon currently churning about 90 miles S of Mobile in the Gulf of Mexico. It's forecast to become a Cat 1 hurricane this evening prior to landfall tonight.
Mississippi Gulf coast still most likely the bulls eye. However, that's close enough to bring a significant impact to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
Right now the biggest concern for our area is the potential for flooding. Widespread totals of 4-8" anticipated with isolated zones receiving about a foot of rain between now and Wednesday night.
Tropical storm force winds extend out from the center 80 miles. Winds could be capable of causing tree damage and power outages closer to the center of the storm and that includes Mobile County. The risk of short-lived tornadoes and waterspouts are a concern.
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from Dauphin Island west into Mississippi, with storm surge inundation 3-5 feet.
Of course, the beach zones will feel the brunt of the storm as conditions will be dangerous for all swimmers, surfers and boaters. A HIGH risk of rip currents along with dangerous surf for much of this week.
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Look for lingering bands of heavy rain across our area Wednesday, gradually fading away during the day. A more typical early September pattern takes shape for the rest of the week. That means warm & humid weather with daily rounds of scattered thunderstorms.
Meteorologist Kelly Foster