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Tropical Storm Gordon began lashing the US Gulf Coast with high winds on Tuesday.
Gordon was forecast to come ashore near Pascagoula, Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane, the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental US this season.
Sea - Levels - Shell - Beach - Louisiana
Sea levels could rise as much as 5-feet from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama, forecasters said.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Gordon began lashing the US Gulf Coast with high winds on Tuesday, strengthening as it swirled toward the coast carrying heavy rains and threatening to make landfall as a hurricane.
Gordon - Pascagoula - Mississippi - Hours - Category
Gordon was forecast to come ashore near Pascagoula, Mississippi in the coming hours as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.
It would be the first hurricane to make landfall in the continental United States this season. Hurricane and storm surge warnings were in effect for Pascagoula.
Louisiana - Coast - Tuesday - Evening - Governor
Though the Louisiana coast remained calm as of early Tuesday evening, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and companies cut 9 percent of US Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production.
"I'm asking all residents to do their part in getting ready for this storm," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. "The city's absolute No.1 priority is to ensure the safety of our residents."
Tropical-storm - Force - Winds - Alabama - Florida
Tropical-storm force winds were already lashing the Alabama and western Florida panhandle coastlines and were predicted to reach hurricane force of at least 74 mph (119 kph) by the time storm makes landfall. Some areas still recovering from last year's storms could see 12 inches (30 cm) of rain.
Beaches around Mobile, Alabama were being washed by storm-driven waves on Tuesday morning, said Stephen Miller, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.
Increase - Winds - Miller - Telephone - Interview
"We're expecting an increase in winds," Miller said in a telephone interview. "We could see flooding."
The storm was producing gusty winds and heavy rain along...
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