Tropical Storm Gordon expected to move into the gulf


Heavy rains are expected over the Gulf Coast states.

Tropical Storm Gordon brought flooding rains and gusty winds to South Florida.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical storm is centered about 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) west-northwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. It has also issued a tropical storm watch for the New Orleans area and a flash flood watch for large parts of the Louisiana coast into the Houston area. So don't expect to dry out any time before the National Football League season starts next Sunday. "A moderate rip current risk continue today, and will be highest through 11 a.m. this morning due to tidal effects", National Weather Service forecasters said.

Although it is forecast to strengthen and possibly become a hurricane in the coming days, it is tracking away from land and should have little impact, forecasters said.

A hurricane watch has been issued from the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida Border, the NHC said.

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Wind: tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Tuesday night and Wednesday. Gordon likely makes landfall as a tropical storm near the Louisiana/Mississippi border.

Our greatest threat from this system comes in the form of heavy rain causing ponding on roads.

Over southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana, rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is forecast.

It was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour and was forecast to pass over the Florida Keys Monday afternoon, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening and reach the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday night.

Volusia and Flagler counties are not expected to see the worst of the tropical storm's rain. The storm is moving at a speed of 15mph with maximum sustained winds of approximately 30mph and stronger gusts. Additional slow strengthening is expected.