Tropical Storm Gordon Approaches with Fewer Local Impacts Anticipated, Residents Urged to Remain Vigilant
The latest update from the National Weather Service indicates fewer impacts to the New Orleans area than previously forecast as Tropical Storm Gordon’s track continues to focus on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Residents are, however, encouraged to remain vigilant as Gordon approaches.
Conditions will begin to deteriorate in coastal areas over the next few hours, with the worst conditions expected late this evening and overnight, into the early hours of Wednesday morning. While rain will still linger across some areas, wind and surge impacts should decrease through the morning on Wednesday.
Winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour are possible, with a Tropical Storm Warning remaining in effect for the area. Storm surge amounts of 3 to 4 feet continue to be anticipated in coastal areas outside the levee system, and a Storm Surge Warning also remains in effect. Anticipated rainfall amounts are lower than previously forecast, with a total of 1 to 3 inches expected from this event. There is, however, the potential for significantly higher local amounts if rain bands move over an area for extended periods. A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect.
The City of New Orleans encourages residents to remain vigilant overnight and to stay indoors during severe weather as the impacts of Gordon move through. The City’s Emergency Operations Center and the 311 call center will be open through the duration of this storm.
Updates will be made at ready.nola.gov and on social media @nolaready overnight.
Mayor Cantrell and the City of New Orleans stand ready to assist our neighbors along the Gulf Coast.