Storm watch issued for central US Gulf Coast

Monitoring Tropical Wave Moving Toward Gulf

NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida issued a Public Advisory at 11 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 3, 2018, due the presence of Tropical Storm Gordon (formerly referred to as Invest 91L).

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from the mouth of the Pearl River, which separates southern MS from the easternmost part of Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch for the central U.S. Gulf Coast.

The Weather Prediction Center is forecasting rain totals as high as 5 inches through Wednesday morning in South Florida.

Tropical Storm Florence continues to spin in the central Atlantic Ocean, about 2,700 miles from Miami. It had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour late Monday.

NHC forecasters say that a westward-northwestward to northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next few days.

Gordon formed in the Florida Keys early on Monday morning, and it has already battered southern Florida.

The wet weather comes after thunderstorms rolled in Sunday, spinning off what could become Tropical Storm Gordon off Florida's southwest coast by Monday evening. Areas along the central and eastern Gulf Coast (including areas inland) need to prepare for heavy rainfall, gusty winds, isolated tornadoes, and rip currents and coastal flooding for immediate coastal areas within the next 24-48 hours. Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday night around 10:00 P.M. near the Mississippi-Alabama state line, just east of Pascagoula.

But the south-eastern part of the state remains under a tropical storm warning and residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west, Mr Edwards said.

Gordon could be a Category 1 hurricane before it makes landfall as early as Tuesday night.

"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 NHC forecast warns.

Some minor storm surge could occur along the gulf coast as well.

The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network will continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Gordon and provide updates in this story, via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, or in the mobile app Florida Storms. It is likely that a Tropical Storm Watch will go in effect for the Northern Gulf of Mexico soon.

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