Tropical Storm Gordon aims for northern Gulf landfall tonight

Tropical Storm Gordon in gulf, moving away from Florida

Gordon may strengthen to hurricane status before making landfall along the central Gulf Coast tonight bringing risky storm surge, heavy rain, and damaging winds.

Now carrying winds of around 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour), the storm was expected to pack hurricane-force winds - of at least 74 mph (119 kph) - when it reached the Gulf Coast, the center said. I wanted to drop by for a very quick update on our fast moving Tropical Storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

In the Northwest Florida Daily News coverage area (Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties), southern Santa Rosa County is expected to receive the heaviest impacts from the storm.

Four to eight inches of rain is expected over over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through late Thursday.

Forecasters say the storm could become a hurricane before expected landfall sometime Tuesday night along the north-central Gulf Coast. The storm was expected to slow down and move inland on the MS or Alabama coast by early Wednesday.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm.

Given Florence's remote location, the storm won't be near any areas of land through at least the weekend.

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Just hours before the storm was expected to come ashore, a few people remained on the beach, soaking in the sun before the tropical rain bands became more numerous.

"This storm has every possibility to track further in our direction", Edwards said during a news conference Monday evening.

"However, there are still significant risks to lives and property from a tropical storm". It's moving to the northwest toward the coast at 14 miles per hour (22 kph).

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

"More than 10,000 are without power". This rainfall will cause flash flooding across portions of these areas. "It's not going to sit out in the Gulf and get stronger and stronger".

Storm surge is also a concern, potentially reaching as high as 5 feet. Saturday morning, forecasters predicted the system would not form until it passed over Florida and entered the Gulf.

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