Tropical Storm Gordon likely to become a hurricane Tuesday

Tropical Storm Gordon likely to become a hurricane Tuesday

Tropical Storm Gordon likely to become a hurricane Tuesday

It was centered 330 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, as the storm moves west-northwest at 17 mph. Many replies to various National Weather Service accounts or other outlets with their pleas that the storm veer spontaneously away, as the Gulf coast is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour. A weather system becomes a tropical storm when winds reach 39 miles per hour.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared states of emergency.

Gordon strengthened rapidly overnight, and it was expected to hit the central Gulf of Mexico sometime late Tuesday.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents from Tropical Storm Gordon.

Officials aren't taking any chances as Tropical Storm Gordon bears down on the Gulf Coast, with about 1.7 million people under a hurricane warning and another 6.5 million under a tropical storm watch.

Alert Day Tuesday: numerous thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon with tropical storm conditions expected and hurricane conditions possible tonight.

Geo Rodriguez chose to go for a walk on Hollywood Beach, north of Miami, on Monday morning and got caught in the storm.

The U.S. Coast Guard also warned that the ports of New Orleans as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours when gale force winds from Gordon are expected to arrive.

Tropical Storm Gordon's gusty winds and heavy rains began buffeting the Alabama coast on Tuesday night after coastal residents from Florida to Louisiana hustled to prepare for the deluge.

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

Jenna Wright, owner of a coffee shop in Naples, Florida, told the Naples Daily News that she had expected higher numbers for the Labor Day weekend.

The last time there was no hurricane between July 13 and September 3, peak season, was in 2013, Klotzbach said.

A tropical storm warning is in effect along the southern Florida coast from Miami to Naples, and along the Gulf Coast from Pensacola, Florida to Morgan City, Louisiana. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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