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Tropical Storm Gordon Might Become Hurricane

Tropical storm Gordon is taking up the headlines today regarding the possibility of power outages in the southern hemisphere of the United States. The national weather service has issued a hurricane warning for Alabama as the storm makes landfall.

According to, Gordon may be upgraded to a hurricane. He states thunderstorms around the center of the eye over the last few hours along with a falling surface pressure as two sure signs of a strengthening system.

Alabama Issues State of Emergency

This morning Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency that became effective at 7 a.m. The counties included for the state of emergency are Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Escambia Mobile, Monroe, and Washington.

This declaration comes after the governors of Mississippi and Louisiana issued states of emergency for their respective States.

Get to a Safe Place

Gordon is supposed to produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in several counties. Residents of the area are expected to get to a safe place and be prepared.

Grid Down Tools will monitor any power outages that happen as Alabama encounters Gordon.

Typhoon Jebi Rocks Japan

In Japan, Typhoon Jebi made landfall and left a trail of destruction in the Kansai region. Jebi is considered the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years.

Source: The Japan Times

Reuters reported that Jebi slammed into Japan’s west coast with wind speeds of 129 miles per hour. At 129 MPH this typhoon is considered a major hurricane that tinkers the line of a Cat 3 & 4.

Reports are coming out of 6 – 8 deaths and over 200 injured already. Sadly, this number will probably rise even more over the next 24 hours. Also reported is over 1.61 million homes in Fukui, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, and Wakayama Prefecture are suffering power outages.

Kansas Town Evacuates 300 People after Flooding

Last, the town of Manhatten, Kansas had to evacuate more than 300 people after nearly 9 inches of rain. The rain started this past Sunday night and continued into Labor Day. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported, and while power outages initially affected over 3,000 homes as of Tuesday, only 200 still are without electricity.