Hurricane warning issued for South MS

Monitoring Tropical Wave Moving Toward Gulf

Monitoring Tropical Wave Moving Toward Gulf

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

Gordon is expected to dispense 4 to 8 inches of rain over a large swath of the north central Gulf Coast as well as areas farther inland, through central MS and southern Arkansas.

A storm spinning toward the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Coast is expected to turn into a tropical storm late Monday, bringing heavy rains, strong winds and risky tides, the National Hurricane Center said.

Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, and counties.

By evening, the storm was headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico and had maximum winds of 60 miles per hour. In addition to Gordon, Tropical Storm Florence is hovering over the eastern Atlantic but is not expected to make landfall.

Many areas in Houston saw upwards of 30 inches of rain.

On its current forecast track, the center of Gordon will move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon and evening and reach the warning area along the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday night, the hurricane center said.

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

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Look for mostly clear skies with temperatures falling into the low 70s overnight and south winds 5-10 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center said it is way too early to know if either of those storms will have any impact on land. The region could see rising waters of 3 to 5 feet.

The Miami-based centre said the storm is also expected to bring "life-threatening" storm surge to portions of the central Gulf Coast.

"MEMA has been monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Gordon very closely and will continue to do so through landfall which is now forecasted for some time late Tuesday night".

Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said.

Dominic Carlucci drove back to his home on the barrier island in his Hummer, and found no damage, just a sagging wooden fence.

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.

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