Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday night west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, the National Hurricane Center said.
One person was killed Tuesday in Escambia County, Florida as Gordon whipped the Alabama and western Florida Panhandle coasts with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, the county’s emergency management office said.
The National Hurricane Center said Gordon should weaken rapidly after it moves inland from the central Gulf Coast, but that doesn’t diminish concerns about flooding. It could bring potentially life-threatening storm surge across parts of coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama.
Seawater could spill onshore as high as 3 to 5 feet, spelling significant trouble for roads and towns along the coast.
“If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that’s where that water will be going,” CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.