Tropical Storm Gordon heads toward Gulf Coast

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At 5 p.m., the disturbance was centered near latitude 22.7 North, longitude 77.3 West or about 275 east-south-east of Marathon, Florida.

The storm is headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico and has maximum winds of 45 miles per hour.

The first words of the National Hurricane Center's Sunday 11 a.m. advisory are "Florence moving quickly west-northwestward over the open Atlantic Ocean".

Louisiana, Mississippi and the Alabama-Florida border will be slammed with rain and heavy winds and are under a tropical storm watch.

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The heaviest rain and highest winds will impact Southwest Florida Monday afternoon and Monday night as the wave or depression heads northwest into the Gulf of Mexico.

A Tropical Storm Watch means conditions of a tropical storm are expected within 48 hours in the USA state. Last year's hurricane season battered the southern U.S. states and Puerto Rico, killing thousands and causing hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of damage.

AccuWeather meteorologists have said they can not rule out the potential for the system to become a hurricane in the Gulf.

Tropical Storm Florence has moved closer to Bermuda.

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Southern Florida and parts of the Gulf Coast could see 3 to 6 inches of rain, and locally southern Florida could see up to 8 inches of rain. Threats to these locations include heavy rainfall, flooding and gusty winds. Please consult with the National Hurricane Center or the local National Weather Service office here in Houston for any details regarding increasing rain chances this coming week.

The wave is producing shower activity from Hispaniola to the Turks and Caicos Islands, and forecasters say it will push across the Bahamas this weekend before entering the Gulf.

In its Sunday morning hazardous weather outlook, the NWS said, "Numerous to widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop across much of our region on the northern and northeastern side of this system Tuesday into Wednesday".

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