Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

FIRST ALERT Few showers possible for Labor Day all eyes on Tropical Storm Gordon

FIRST ALERT Few showers possible for Labor Day all eyes on Tropical Storm Gordon

"The biggest impact to our state will be heavy rain, but in Florida, we know how quickly weather can change", Gov. Scott said.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected "to bring life-threatening" hurricane conditions to parts of the central Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center said at 11 p.m. EDT that the storm was centred 330 miles (530 kilometres) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Some intensification is expected before it makes landfall tonight, possibly as a hurricane, in or near South Mississippi.

A hurricane warning has been issued for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

"We have concerns that the storm is intensifying". Many area schools and businesses planned to remain closed or open late Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Gordon spaghetti models are showing a westward track as it moves across Florida, and we're expecting winds and rain in Sebastian and Vero Beach.

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

The storm surge - the quick rise in water caused by a hurricane's strong winds - could reach 2 to 5 feet (60 to 150 centimetres) from the western middle of the Florida peninsula to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimetres) from the mouth of the Mississippi River to the Louisiana-Texas border. Still, southeastern Louisiana is under a tropical storm warning and Edwards says residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west.

Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm's arrival.

The storm was forecast to come ashore late on Sep.

Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach officials said minimal erosion took place, while the beachfront near Boynton Beach was showing chunks had washed away, leaving a cliff-like appearance. Some area in southern Florida may receives 8 inches. The improved structure as favorable environmental conditions suggest further strengthening is likely and Gordon should become a hurricane over the next 24-36 hours before landfall across the central Gulf Coast. It continued to spin in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean - posing no threat to Florida or any other land mass. But it is moving quickly to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. It is given a 70 percent chance of developing into at least a tropical depression in the next five days.

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