Gordon becomes latest tropical storm moving toward New Orleans

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

The area from Navarre to the Alabama-Mississippi border should experience tides of 2-4 feet above normal.

A storm surge watch is in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border, westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River, officials said in an alert at 11 p.m. Sunday.

A developing weather system is expected to become Tropical Storm Gordon, bringing with it heavy rain and gusty winds for the Labor Day holiday Monday.

The storm is forecasted to make landfall near New Orleans and continue to move northwest towards Texarkana through the end of the week.

The National Weather Service reported that Tropical Storm Gordon was bringing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour in South Florida just before 9:30 a.m. Late afternoon we may see a slight improvement as the center of Gordon begins to push away into the Gulf of Mexico.

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If Gordon were to take more of a turn to the north then our forecast could change considerably by Wednesday and Thursday. Locally heavy rain amounts from two to three inches is expected for the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County.

The Gulf Coast states, still suffering the after-effects of the 2017 hurricane season, are being warned to prepare for heavy rainfall and powerful winds courtesy of Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the edge of the Florida Panhandle. Gordon passed over the Upper Keys in South Florida on Monday morning as it slid into the Gulf of Mexico.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. There is a high risk of rip currents so swimming is not recommended. So don't expect to dry out any time before the National Football League season starts next Sunday. No tropical watches or warnings have been issued for the Suncoast.

Gordon is the seventh named tropical storm or hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year.

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