Emergency on US Gulf Coast as storm nears

Emergency on US Gulf Coast as storm nears

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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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Local residents have been building sand barriers to minimise flooding

It is moving at a speed of 15mph in a north-westerly direction.
The National Weather Service in New Orleans gave tips to city residents how to prepare for the arrival of the storm.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell warned: “The city’s absolute number one priority is to ensure the safety of our residents.”
New Orleans was devastated by deadly Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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In its latest bulletin, the NHC said that Gordon was expected to rapidly weaken after making landfall.

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