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Gordon weakens to tropical depression in coastal states

Gordon weakens to tropical depression in coastal states

Gordon became a tropical storm after having strengthened rapidly overnight, and late Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the mouth of the Pearl River, which divides Louisiana and MS in the central Gulf.

A hurricane watch has also been posted for coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, meaning that hurricane conditions are possible there within the next 48 hours.

State of Emergency has been issued for the Gulf coast after tropical storms hit Southern parts of Florida and heading towards Louisiana.

Gordon is expected to continue to move in a generally west-northwest motion until it makes landfall somewhere on the central Gulf Coast as a strong tropical storm.

The storm was located far in the eastern Atlantic, west of the Cape Verde Islands, and poses no threat to land at this time.

If Gordon were to take more of a turn to the north then our forecast could change considerably by Wednesday and Thursday. Its maximum sustained winds top out at 65 miles per hour.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the centre said.

Rain has drenched the Miami area as Tropical Storm Gordon moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

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As of 2 a.m. Tuesday, Gordon was about 280 miles east-southeast of the mouth of Mississippi River.

The center says Gordon will bring heavy rainfall to southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana and southeast Arkansas through late Thursdays. Tropical Storm Gordon now sits about 50 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida.

While the system is expected to bring hurricane winds and rain to the Gulf Coast, the fast 17 miles per hour pace at which the storm was moving gave it less time to strengthen over waters before it is expected to hit land.

A tropical storm warning is in place from the Florida-Alabama border west to Louisiana.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect its residents from the storm.

The Florida Keys have already experienced the heavy rain and wind from the tropical storm.

A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for waters offshore of Apalachicola west to Walton/Okaloosa Counties.