Tropical Storm Gordon heads for Gulf Coast

States of emergency have been declared in Mississippi and Louisiana as Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to hit the Mississippi coast as a Category 1 hurricane. ABC News' Kendis Gibson reports.
1:56 | 09/04/18

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We begin with tropical storm Gordon gaining strength as it heads for the Gulf Coast the storm is expected to make a landfall later on today on the Mississippi coast but take a look at it there and is gaining strength. It is expected to hit as a category one and the temperatures there in the gulf 86 degrees. States of emergencies and have been declared in Mississippi and Louisiana and in New Orleans public schools are closed as people raced to prepare. Tropical storm Gordon intensifying in the Gulf of Mexico all see another here playing like it's very. All evacuations already under way in New Orleans for people living outside areas protected by the Levy system. The National Hurricane Center is warning of a life threatening storm surge of to five feet in some areas you know taken. He still likely to. Even though it may not be a hurricane tropical storm and hurricane warnings stretched hundreds of miles as forecasters say the storm could dump up to eight inches of rain. Many along the Gulf Coast say they're not taking any chances. What does sands bottom and so water and stuff for my family. And other than that just Thailand among employees known to kind of prepared he don't know what's happened. The storm already drenched parts of South Florida this time lapse shows the bands of rain moving through Bogor time. Further south Miami's famed beaches normally packed with tourists on Labor Day deserted. -- down on a holiday. Meanwhile in the heartland major flooding from a separate weather system. Several days of rain inundated Manhattan Kansas what's being called a 500 year event. An estimated 300 people have been displaced the cause of the flooding there. This little bit of panic just trying to get it. Concerning our life together and and at times it's a baby and dog and Wally he's and that's it. And back to Gordon several airlines are now offering passengers headed to the Gulf Coast a chance to rebook their flights for free.

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