Gordon Forecast to Hit US on Tuesday Night

Tropical Storm Gordon heads for Gulf Coast

While coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana prepared for Gordon's approach on Tuesday, forecasters also began watching two new potential storms out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence will potentially threaten Bermuda in the next few days, and we will see a train of systems moving off the coast of Africa that will have the potential to develop as well. Scattered showers and storms will remain in the forecast Wednesday as Gordon pulls away, leaving our area on the southeast side of the storm and returning an onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico.

The storm was producing gusty winds and heavy rain along the coast of the western Florida Panhandle and along the Texas coast, the National Hurricane Center said in an afternoon advisory.

As of Tuesday night, the storm had not reached 74 miles per hour winds, the minimum to become a hurricane.

Heavy rainfall from Gordon likely will affect an area from the Louisiana coast through the Florida Panhandle and inland along the storm's track, according to the hurricane center.

Forecasters say the storm could strengthen to a low-end Category 1 hurricane, with wind speeds over 74 miles per hour, by the time it makes landfall tonight.

"There are no dunes and there's no protection, so the realty company we rented from moved us across the street and down so that we would be safe", said Robin Berry.

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Gordon is forecast to unleash a torrent of hazards when it hits, including torrential rain, powerful winds, life-threatening storm surges and tornadoes.

A storm surge warning has been issued for the area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Also, a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Alabama-Florida border to Okaloosa-Walton County line, according to the NHC. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

"Effects from the storm will be felt greater more towards the western end of the Panhandle", Eric Esbensen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile, Ala., said Tuesday morning.

In Bay St. Louis, Murphy's bar opened previous year for the first time since Hurricane Katrina; members of his family have owned it since 1982.

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend. The Coast Guard has warned that three ports nearby may need to be closed, including New Orleans, and Gulfport and Pascagoula in Mississippi. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the US, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa.

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