Monday, 24 September, 2018

Hotter weather in the short-term, rain looking more likely soon!

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Tens of thousands of customers spent part of Wednesday without electricity.

Expect a light southeast breeze under 10 miles per hour Friday afternoon and evening; temperatures by kick off drop into the lower 80s and only fall to the upper 70s by the fourth quarter.

Both government agencies staffed their respective emergency operations centers overnight before closing them early Monday morning when the worst of the system hit the coastal areas. "If a major storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico, refineries will go back on alert and pump prices will face renewed upward pressure". National Weather Service offices in Missouri and Oklahoma said Gordon's remnants could add to the rain caused by a frontal boundary already causing heavy rains in parts of the Midwest.

Katrina cut the narrow island in half more than a decade ago, but John Berry wasn't very anxious about Gordon. MacDonald said such preparations have become all too routine, but are still necessary. "You don't want to take it lightly, of course", MacDonald said. It wasn't almost as bad as when Nate, the last hurricane to strike the USA, came ashore last October in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi.


Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm.

A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain.

"We are happy to report that hotels, casinos, attractions and restaurants have resumed business as usual", Milton Segarra, CEO of the tourism organization Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, said in a Wednesday news release. Houston Public Works crews had pre-staged barricades near flood-prone underpasses, and the Houston Fire Department had their new high water rescue vehicles on standby. Each day's rainfall will be uneven, but the cumulative effect of numerous showers and storms over several days should be enough to spread a good one to two inch soaking over the region.

"We ducked a punch", said Mayor Andrew Gilich of Biloxi, whose office noted that he is a former boxer. Hurricane Florence has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, on a path toward Bermuda, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa.

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