Tropical storm warning in place for the US Gulf Coast

UPDATE: Gusty showers hitting southern Palm Beach County as Gordon passes

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon. It's expected to make landfall along the Alabama or MS coast late Tuesday night or early Wednesday perhaps as a category one hurricane.

Cantrell urged residents within the levee protection area to stock up on supplies and shelter in place.

A weather system becomes a tropical storm when winds reach 39 miles per hour.

A view of the waves at the Dania Beach Pier as Tropical Storm Gordon passes by South Florida with wind gusts and heavy rainfall on September 3, 2018.

Beach Cafe manager Fred Macolino tells the newspaper that business over the holiday weekend had been "horrible". Tropical Storm Warnings still remain in effect for the Louisiana and Florida coastlines. In St. Tammany Parish, a line of cars reached between 20 and 25 vehicles long at times.

"Gordon will bring heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions to portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys today and a tropical storm warning is in effect for these areas", the hurricane center said Monday.

Gordon was generating winds of 50 miles per hour (80 km per hour) on Monday as it steamed west-northwest at 16 mph (27 kph), the National Hurricane Center said.

A hurricane warning was put into effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border. Of course, people were even more concerned for New Orleans, as the city suffered so much damage after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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As Tropical Storm Gordon makes a beeline toward the central Gulf coast, hurricane development isn't out of the question. This will mean some flooding possibilities for Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the Mobile area.

The National Weather Service said Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City also could expect hazardous weather on Monday.

"The combination of a risky storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the National Hurricane Center said in a statement. After making landfall, it is expected to move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

A hurricane watch - meaning that hurricane conditions are possible - was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

Storm surges from 3 to 5 feet are expected from Shell Beach to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and from 2 to 4 feet from Navarre, Fla., to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and from Shell Beach to the mouth of Mississippi River. It is possible these totals need to be increased further north into parts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas-this is heavily dependent upon the track of Gordon. Conditions were expected to deteriorate westward to New Orleans as the stormed closed in on the coast, possibly becoming the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year.

The center says Gordon will bring heavy rainfall to southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana and southeast Arkansas through late Thursdays. The storm was not forecast to strike land.

Gordon is still expected to remain a tropical storm, with winds topping out at 60 miles per hour in the Gulf of Mexico.

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