Tracking Tropical Storm Gordon

Tropical Storm Gordon Forms Batters South Florida and Keys With Wind and Rain

As much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday.

At the mouth of the Mississippi River, around the area of New Orleans, the storm could generate a surge of up to 4 feet (1.2 meters) and smaller surges could hit coastland along other parts of the Gulf Coast, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

The National Weather Service says the tropical storm will gather strength as it heads through the Gulf of Mexico and may be at or near hurricane force as it makes landfall Tuesday night along the MS or Alabama coast. This is a fast moving storm, which means that the impacts will be slightly less than if it was a system that moved slowly bringing constant high winds and storm surge to the coast. It was moving west at 15 miles per hour, pushing maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts.Forecasters said that little change in strength was expected and that no coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Tropical Storm Gordon is set to slam into the north central Gulf Coast on Tuesday night.

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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell held an afternoon news conference and said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents.

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Tropical storm warnings for the interior counties.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of storm surges of between 3 and 5 feet (1 and 1.5 meters) and told South Mississippi residents to be prepared to evacuate. About 2 million people are under a hurricane watch or warning. A voluntary evacuation was requested for areas that are outside levee protection. "Its winds are already up to 50 mph and it's only been over the water for a few hours, so we are concerned with favorable conditions", said Jason Beaman from the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Heavy flooding rainfall of two to six inches will be possible across all of South Mississippi.

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The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

The hurricane center's latest "cone of uncertainty" for Tropical Storm Gordon is a good representation of numerous weather computer models: Most are in good agreement the storm will move off to the northwest.

The last time there was no hurricane between July 13 and September 3, peak season, was in 2013, Klotzbach said. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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