Gordon weakens to a depression
Flooding threats continue for areas in its path
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported Gordon has weakened to a depression over central Mississippi but there is a continued threat of heavy rains and flooding.
As of 7 a.m., the center of circulation was about 25 miles south-southeast of Jackson, MS. Maximum sustained winds were down to 35 mph. The storm was moving northwest at 14 mph.
Chief Meteorologist Jay Grymes said there looks to be no serious threats from the storm for the WAFB viewing area. Although, he said we can expect some “backside” rain squalls from the extended circulation as Gordon tracks over the coming days. He added he doesn’t anticipate any tropical storm force winds anywhere in the WAFB viewing area.
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Tuesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a news conference that while Louisiana was being spared of the worst of Gordon, he urged the public to stay alert. East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced partial activation of MOHSEP’s Emergency Operations Center, which began at 7 p.m. It is scheduled to last through 7 p.m. Wednesday. Representatives from government agencies and emergency services are continuing to monitor weather conditions. City-parish crews are on standby throughout the night in case of high water or downed trees. Residents should call 311 to report flooded streets or downed trees/power lines. At this time, however, rivers in the area are not forecast to rise above flood stage.
The Tropical Storm Warning was canceled Tuesday morning for East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, Assumption, Terrebonne, and Lafourche parishes.
The mayor of Grand Isle called for a voluntary evacuation Monday due to the possibility of Gordon passing close to the area and causing flooding. Mayor David Camardelle said construction continues on LA 1, which will severely affect traffic and cause problems for those trying to leave.
Port Fourchon moved to Storm Phase 2 on Monday, which is a voluntary evacuation, due to the potential for LA 1 between Golden Meadow and Leeville to be overtopped by water, according to officials. They are encouraging facilities managers to finish up their storm preparations.
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