Biggest impacts from Gordon locally in the Gulf, near the coast

Tropical Storm Gordon in gulf, moving away from Florida

Gordon Is Forecast To Hit Northern Gulf Coast As A Hurricane Tuesday Night

Heavy rainfall from Gordon will affect the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, much of eastern Louisiana and southern Arkansas, where totals could reach as high as 12 inches, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane warning is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River near the Louisiana-Mississippi border to the Alabama-Florida border, with tropical storm warnings ranging from Morgan City, La., to the Florida Panhandle. The National Hurricane Center "life-threatening" storm surge is possible for portions of the central Gulf Coast.

Flooding was also a risk. It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour.

Okaloosa County emergency officials opted not to activate the emergency operations center for the storm, saying the area wasn't expected to see sustained tropical storm force winds.

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.

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We'll call it the "calm before the storm" for your Tuesday, expect highs will top out in the upper 80s and lower 90s.

A storm surge warning is in effect for Shell Beach to Dauphin Island, the agency added.

"I'm asking all residents to do their part in getting ready for this storm", New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement.

L. J. Cazaux moved his boat to a nearby lot of elevated land before the rain started in Venetian Isles.

According to Micheal Brennan, chief of the National Hurricane Centre's hurricane specialist unit, the dry air over the gulf and wind shear have kept Gordon from picking up more strength.

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National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Esbensen said the storm's track shows it will likely make landfall on the MS coast, and forecasters are reasonably confident the track won't shift much, if at all.

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He and his cousin, Lance, were relieved that the center of the storm was jogging more to the east. Lance Murphy, who referred to Gordon as a "party storm", said "We just live through it and hope we can open again tomorrow". In this scenario, the storm could be forced west and move toward the eastern USA coast.

No watches or warnings are now in effect.

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