Winds up to 70 miles per hour, South MS still in the path

Posted September 07, 2018

Until then, the tropical storm could cause risky storm surge, strong winds, and flash flooding along the Gulf Coast from the tip of Florida to eastern Texas.

Tropical Storm Gordon lashed South Florida with heavy rains and high winds on Monday, forcing holiday beachgoers to drier ground.

Gordon formed into a tropical storm early Monday near the Florida Keys.

Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could see 3 to 6 inches rainfall Tuesday into Wednesday, from southeast Louisiana into far southern MS and far southern Alabama, according to the Weather Channel. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 miles per hour.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day" because of rough surf and potential rip currents. Beachgoers in the area were warned Wednesday of unsafe rip currents that prompted red-flag warnings, meaning it was illegal to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday: a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening for parts of South Mississippi. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength when it hits the Gulf Coast, including coastal MS, by late Tuesday.

It promised more of the same on a forecast track expected to take it northeast into Arkansas, which was forecast to get heavy rain from the system by Wednesday night.

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The NHC's hurricane warning for Tropical Storm Gordon covers all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching to Morgan City, Alabama, and Florida's Okaloosa-Walton County Line.

"The combination of a unsafe 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. The region could see rising waters of 3 to 5 feet.

As a precaution, Governor Edwards confirmed 200 members of the Louisiana National Guard will be sent to the southeastern portion of the state on Tuesday morning.

Florida is still expected to move in a west northwestward direction for the next several days with little strengthening. Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many hustled to protect their properties ahead of the storm.

A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain.

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued on Monday for parts of Louisiana for residents in areas outside the levee protection system.

A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain.