Tropical Storm Gordon has little impact on Warren County

Published 7:42 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon came ashore on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Tuesday night and made its way north through the state, but Warren County managed to escape the predicted heavy rains and high winds accompanying the storm.

“Looks like we dodged the bullet again,” Warren County Emergency Management director John Elfer said. “We had light rain and wind, and no reports of problems,” he said Wednesday afternoon.

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North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield, who is over Vicksburg’s public works department, said no problems were reported as the storm passed through the area.

Initial predictions had Gordon becoming a Category 1 hurricane, but the storm never reached hurricane strength before coming ashore near Pascagoula.

Meteorologist John Moore with the National Weather Service Jackson office said the storm made landfall further east than predicted, putting Warren County on the storm’s west side.

The storm, he said continued to push slowly northwest across the state with the center sitting over the Jackson area for most of the day, and the heaviest rain to the east.

“With tropical systems, most of the rainfall is always to the east of them, so we’re seeing most of the rain in east Mississippi and Alabama,” he said. “Even though we (Jackson) were close to the center, the heaviest rain was displaced from the center.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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