Gordon heads toward the Gulf Coast

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GULF COAST, U.S. (WCBD) – Tuesday, Gordon continued to trek toward the Gulf Coast of the United States.

It became the seventh named storm of the season on Labor Day, developing with the center just 10 miles west of Key Largo, Florida.

During the day on Tuesday the outer bands spread winds and heavy rains over the western panhandle of Florida.

As of the 2 PM EST the storm was still a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph. The forecast continues to intensify Gordon into a hurricane late Tuesday before it makes landfall Tuesday night into early Wednesday along the Gulf Coast. The forecast is for a landfall along the Mississippi Coast.

Hurricane warnings are in effect from the Mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida border. A tropical storm warning is in effect from west of the Pearl River to Grand Isle in Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas as well as from the Alabama-Florida line to Okaloosa-Watlton County line in Florida. A storm surge warning is in effect from Shell Beach to Dauphin Island and a watch is up for areas west of Shell Beach to the Mississippi River and area east of Dauphin Island to Navarre.

Storm surge of 3 to 5 feet are possible along the Florida, Alabama and Mississippi coast lines with 1 to 4 foot surge in Louisiana. Gordon is expected to dump 4 to 8 inches of rain over the western Panhandle of Florida, southwest Alabama, southern and central Mississippi, northeastern Louisiana and southern Arkansas.

Once the storm makes landfall, it rapidly weakens continuing northwest across the Lower Mississippi River Valley and over parts of Texas and Oklahoma. The remnants of the storm continue toward the Midwest bringing rain and moderately gusty winds the region.

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