Still, tropical storm, storm-surge and flash-flood warnings are in effect through early Wednesday night for the Crescent City with "potential threat to life and property", the National Weather Service said today.
"No impacts to our operation (cancelations under our direction), but I would imagine there are some en route air traffic delays with so many showers for airplanes to steer around", a representative for Southwest said in an email. "The highest will be on Friday and that is because of the tropical storm". Maximum sustained winds were near 70 miles per hour and experts said it could still become a hurricane before landfall.
A state of emergency has been declared in Alabama, Louisiana and MS as Tropical Storm Gordon heads for America's Gulf Coast. It is moving quickly to the northwest at 15 miles per hour. Police planned to monitor the only highway to the mainland. "Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across", Mayor Jeff Collier said.
Authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside the city's levee protection system. The Coast Guard has warned that three ports nearby may need to be closed, including New Orleans, and Gulfport and Pascagoula in Mississippi.
A few and inconsequential weather systems have formed in the Atlantic during the 2018 hurricane season, including Tropical Storm Florence which is expected to curve northwards without impacting land.
The storm's turbulent center is expected to plow a path from the southwest corner of Alabama and central MS into part of Louisiana and southern Arkansas.
"The weather will be pretty seasonable for this time for this time of year", McGraw said.
A storm surge watch spreads west to the mouth of the Mississippi River and east to Navarre, FL. As a result of the hurricane warning, West Texas Intermediate is enjoying an increase, with the USA benchmark jumping over US$70 a barrel.
Check back for updates on this developing story and read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.