For the coastal areas of Louisiana, Tropical Storm Gordon is now in the books with very little effect on the region. The storm made landfall last night near the Alabama-Mississippi line. State Climatologist Barry Keim says although there was much attention put onto Gordon, he says when it comes to monitoring the weather, better safe than sorry.
"Anything could have happened. We could have been facing a hurricane lapping at Louisiana's shoreline, so I don't think it was an overreaction," says Keim.
Keim says Louisiana was spared from more serious effects from Gordon due to two factors. As it came into shore, it was further east in the cone of uncertainty, and it wasn’t as fierce as some had projected the storm to be.
"It came in as a tropical storm, albeit, a very strong one. This thing had seventy mile an hour winds, so this was just right at the cusp of being a hurricane," adds Keim.
Keim says portions of the state will still see much-needed rainfall.
"Given the storms projected track, there is still some potential for some two to three inch rains up in Northeast Louisiana," says Keim.