Tropical Storm Gordon threatens Gulf Coast, hurricane warning in place

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

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In this zone, the water could rise up 3 to 5 feet above normally dry land at the coast.

Tropical Storm Gordon is centered 50 miles (80 kilometres) off the coast of Fort Myers, Florida on Monday evening, dumping rain on the peninsula and whipping its shores with maximum winds up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).

Gordon was about 70 miles south of Mobile, Ala., and moving northwesterly at 14 mph, according to an 8 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

In Sebastian and Vero Beach, Tropical Storm Gordon will likely bring wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour and scattered thunderstorms.

Gordon is not a large storm, so that could lead to a sharp drop-off for wind and rain impacts across Alabama, Beaman said.

Gordon is expected to dispense 4 to 8 inches of rain over a large swath of the north central Gulf Coast as well as areas farther inland, through central MS and southern Arkansas.

Across the region, governments made their preparations.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, saying 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen were being deployed, along with 63 high-water trucks, 39 boats, and 4 helicopters.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents from Tropical Storm Gordon. While likely to remain outside of the storm's core, this zone is still expected to see gusty winds and heavy rainfall. Another seven floodgates and the Caernarvon Sector Gate were set to be closed Tuesday. Of course, people were even more concerned for New Orleans, as the city suffered so much damage after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The storm's predicted track had shifted slightly east as of Monday evening, meaning Louisiana is now just outside the area under the hurricane warning.

"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared". "There's no reason to be alarmed". It is incredibly unlikely we will feel winds that strong here in Kentuckiana. "We expect our citizens to be doing the same".

The storm is expected to cross from southwest Florida into the Gulf Coast later Monday afternoon.

Hurricane Warnings and Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for parts of the Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida coasts.

A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida Border to the mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana.

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