Tropical Storm Gordon barrels closer to Gulf Coast

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A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire MS and Alabama coasts with predictions Gordon would become a Category 1 storm.

Tropical Storm Florence was moving west-northwest at 12 miles per hour in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the hurricane center's 10 a.m. update.

It looks like Gordon will make landfall around Biloxi, Mississippi, as a category 1 hurricane.

"On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will move farther away from the southwestern coast of Florida early this evening, and move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Tuesday".

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey all declared states of emergencies ahead of the storm's landfall.

I-95 Northbound is bumper to bumper traffic on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 as Tropical Storm Gordon lashed South Florida with heavy rains and high winds on Monday, forcing holiday beachgoers to drier ground. It was moving relatively quickly, at about 25 km/h.

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.

Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle called for a voluntary evacuation of the barrier island.

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A hurricane warning is in effect for all the Alabama and MS coast.

In anticipation, the center announced a storm surge warning, meaning there is "a danger of life-threatening inundation", along the coast from Louisiana to Florida, according to the NHC's morning briefing. The latest change in the warnings are Lafourche, Terrebonne and Assumption parishes have been dropped from the tropical storm warning.

"We're expecting an increase in winds", Miller said in a phone interview. By Saturday evening, however, it had blossomed into a depression and by Sunday morning intensified to a Tropical Storm about 10 miles west of Key Largo.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell held an afternoon news conference and said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents.

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Currently, this storm is not expected to impact the Florida peninsula or the United States. It warned the rain could cause flash flooding, with totals potentially reaching 8 inches and isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches.