Tropical storm warning puts 7M at risk as tornadoes, flooding, and gales batter Alabama, Mississippi & Georgia

TROPICAL storms churning off the Gulf Coast are expected to force millions of Southerners to brace for a mix of violent tornadoes, flooding and gales. 

The downpour of rainfall and severe winds whipping up twisters on Friday has placed more than 7million residents in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida and Alabama among others on high alert.

A massive tropical storm system is putting millions in the South on flood and tornado alert8

A massive tropical storm system is putting millions in the South on flood and tornado alertCredit: NOAA
There are likely going to be a massive amount of tornadoes formed as a result of the storm set to make landfall on Saturday8

There are likely going to be a massive amount of tornadoes formed as a result of the storm set to make landfall on SaturdayCredit: AP
Several oil rigs off the coast of southeastern Louisiana have recently reported sustained winds of 40-45 mph8

Several oil rigs off the coast of southeastern Louisiana have recently reported sustained winds of 40-45 mphCredit: Reuters

Gusts increased 35 to 45 mph as the northbound tempest was preparing to make landfall and batter the US Gulf Coast.

“Landfall is expected later tonight, with the center moving near or over New Orleans on Saturday morning,” CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

But already on Friday night, The National Hurricane Center reported a double dose of wind and rain have already begun hammering various swaths along the northern Gulf Coast.

The center reported that “several oil rigs off the coast of southeastern Louisiana have recently reported sustained winds of 40-45 mph.” 

The governor of Louisiana has already declared a state of emergency at least a day before the storm makes landfall8

The governor of Louisiana has already declared a state of emergency at least a day before the storm makes landfallCredit: AP
Mississippi residents in low-lying areas were moving move their vehicles, lawn mowers, ATVs and boats to higher ground on Friday8

Mississippi residents in low-lying areas were moving move their vehicles, lawn mowers, ATVs and boats to higher ground on FridayCredit: AP
The Gulf Coast is set to face a duel threat of both heavy rainfall and powerful tropical storm gusts8

The Gulf Coast is set to face a duel threat of both heavy rainfall and powerful tropical storm gustsCredit: NOAA

If the tropical storm materializes into a cyclone it will be named Claudette.

Louisiana, which has already been ravaged by storms in the recent past, has already declared a statement emergency.

“According to the National Weather Service (NWS), rainfall will be the biggest threat,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “In addition to heavy rains, there is also a threat of coastal flooding, tropical storm force winds and isolated tornadoes. 

The tropical system has forced warnings to be made in municipalities throughout in Pensacola on the Florida Panhandle, the coast of Alabama, Mississippi and parts of Louisiana including Lake Pontchartrain and Metropolitan New Orleans, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Chevron confirmed it pulled non-essential workers from production platforms lands ahead of the storm8

Chevron confirmed it pulled non-essential workers from production platforms lands ahead of the stormCredit: Reuters
If the storm materializes into an official cyclone it will be called Claudette8

If the storm materializes into an official cyclone it will be called Claudette

The oil company Chevron isn’t taking chances. 

They’ve already recalled non-essential workers from a variety of Gulf of Mexico offshore operations ahead of the potential tropical storm.

“In preparation for the tropical weather, we have transported all non-essential personnel from our Chevron-operated Big Foot, Jack / St. Malo, and Tahiti platforms. All personnel on our Genesis facility have also been moved onshore,” a Chevron spokesperson told CNN.

Millions of people are under flash flood watches – especially  of southeastern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama, central to northern Georgia, far western North Carolina and western South Carolina are bracing to get soaked with precipitation reaching 3 to 7 inches, according to the hurricane center’s latest advisory.

The tally could actually increase to between 4 and 8 inches and as high as a whole foot in the central Gulf Coast. 

In May, Louisiana was battered by surging floods brought on by rain and confirmed four people died.  

And the state had still recovered after being hit with more deaths after Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta hit.

The punishing weather has forced plans in Mississippi to celebrate June 19  – known as Juneteenth, which Congress voted to become a national holiday, to be postponed and or completely canceled.

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