Emergency on US Gulf Coast as Storm Gordon nears


Storm clouds loom over a beach as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches Waveland, Mississippi. Photo: 4 September 2018

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Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall later on Tuesday

A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi as Tropical Storm Gordon roars towards the US Gulf Coast.

With maximum sustained winds near 65mph (105km/h), Gordon is expected to make landfall later on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned.

Gordon is expected to strengthen and become a hurricane.

It could “bring life-threatening storm surge” of up to five feet (1.5m), the NHC said.

At 19:00 GMT, Gordon was about 130 miles south-east of Mobile, Alabama.

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