GULFPORT, Mississippi, USA (AP) – thousands of people were without electricity once tropical storm Gordon made landfall to the West of the border between Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday in the overnight. It is expected that Gordon, which made landfall around 22:00 hours, weakening quickly as it advances by Mississippi and Louisiana to play Arkansas on Thursday, said the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane did not reach category of Hurricane as expected. Gordon was strengthened in the last few hours as it neared the central coast of the Gulf of Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (70 miles per hour). The vortex of the storm was about 48 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, or around 55 kilometers (35 miles) South of Mobile, Alabama, where strong winds and rains began shortly before sunset.
More than 27,000 customers were without electricity on Tuesday night when Gordon began to advance inland. The blackouts occurred mostly on the coast of Alabama and at the eastern end of the Florida Panhandle, near Pensacola, with a few hundred cases in southeastern Mississippi. The number of people affected by cuts increased rapidly after the fall of night and the arrival of the Meteor.
One of the areas hardest hit so far was the international airport of Pensacola, where more than 10 centimeters (four inches) of rain fell.
The sky became quickly grey when the storm approached the port city of Mobile. There were metal chairs chained on a table on the outside of a restaurant in what is normally a busy leisure area, and a street musician played on an empty sidewalk just before the start to rain. The National Hurricane Center predicts «dangerous» storm surges from 0.9 to 1.5 meters (three to five feet) in some areas of the central coast of the Golfo.Otro danger are floods, since they are predicting up to 20 centimeters (eight inches) of rain in parts of the States of the Gulf until Thursday night, as the tropical system to move into Arkansas.
The last hurricane that made landfall in the United States was Nate, in October of last year, in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The Governors of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana declared a State of emergency to be able to quickly mobilize resources and troops of the National Guard for tasks of rescue during and after the storm. In Mississippi, a dozen casinos on the coast were closed and workers in at least 54 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated. Gordon, who had trained on Monday morning near the Florida Keys, is not the only storm on radar meteorologists. Hurricane Florence was about 3,900 km (2,400 miles) from United States while off the coast of Africa could become another possible storm that would advance westward. The National Hurricane Center said it is too early to know if these meteors will have consequences on Earth. In this note: United States Mississippi Alabama Gulf of Mexico