Film and TV productions in New Orleans are shutting down early as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast. The agency says flash flooding, high winds and storm surge also threatened the southern part of the state.
A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire MS and Alabama coasts with the possibility Gordon would become a Category 1 storm.
In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release.
The storm's predicted track had shifted slightly east as of Monday evening, meaning Louisiana is now just outside the area under the hurricane warning.
Gordon became a tropical storm Monday near the Florida Keys, so residents and businesses rushed preparations Tuesday.
The NHC warned that Gordon could bring "life-threatening" storm surges. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Storm Gordon's center is 160 miles offshore with next-to-nothing impacts for Tampa Bay, despite wind speeds of up to 65 mph.
Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency for Gordon, allowing them to quickly mobilize state resources and National Guard troops to help during and after the storm.
Tropical Storm and Hurricane warnings have been issued along the northern Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall Tuesday night.
"We've got the pumps and power we believe we need, again, to be safe and to protect our residents", Cantrell said. As Gordon moves away from Floridas west coast, forecasters said it will pull deep tropical moisture into the region during the afternoon, producing scattered thunderstorms that will gradually dissipate later in the evening.
But, we will continue to monitor its track in the coming days.
What are the current storm warnings and watches in place?
John District on September 6, while Hurricane Maria struck St. Croix two weeks later on September 19.
Sea levels could rise as much as 5 feet (1.5 m) from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama, forecasters said.