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Gordon’s rain, wind expected in Butler County

Butler County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Kris Ware said Monday evening that Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to affect the Butler County area Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Friday, Tropical Storm Gordon was only a tropical wave and wasn’t even expected to be a named tropical storm. While the storm is expected to develop into a Category 1 hurricane, Butler County will only receive wind and rain with a low chance of tornados over the next two days.

“The outer rain bands of the storm began effecting our area Monday evening,” Ware said. “We’re expecting to receive about one inch of rain with these bands. Our area is already saturated, so falling trees are possible.”

The bulk of Gordon’s force will be concentrated to eastern parts of Mississippi and Mobile. According the National Weather Service, the storm surge threats are expected in Baldwin County and the adjacent counties. Flash flood warnings for Butler County are not expected.

“Luckily, the storm is moving pretty fast,” Ware concluded. “We should see rain and wind beginning tomorrow into Wednesday before it moves along.”