Potential tropical storm heads toward US Gulf Coast, Florida

Potential tropical storm heads toward US Gulf Coast, Florida

Potential tropical storm heads toward US Gulf Coast, Florida

Gordon's winds of almost 50 miles per hour was on the lower end of a tropical storm's intensity, but still brought bursts of powerful wind late Monday.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day" because of rough surf and potential rip currents.

The hurricane warning for Gordon was issued for the area of the central Gulf coast, from the Florida-Alabama border to the mouth of the Pearl River, which separates MS and Louisiana, according to the National Hurricane Center. About 2 million people are under a hurricane watch or warning.

The storm was generating winds of 75 km/h on Monday as it steamed west-northwest at 26 km/h, National Hurricane Center Director Kenneth Graham said in a video briefing on Facebook.

Elsewhere, forecasters say, storm are expected to develop over the nation's midsection in coming days that could dump from 3 to 7 inches (8-17 centimeters) of rain in some areas.

Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said. A storm surge watch was extended eastward from the border to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning was extended eastward to the Okaloosa-Walton county line. Cantrell said the city expects to see impact of the storm beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday.

At the mouth of the Mississippi River, around the area of New Orleans, the storm could generate a surge of up to 1.2 metres and smaller surges could hit coast land along other parts of the Gulf Coast, Graham said. Localized totals of 6 inches or more are possible in some areas.

The storm is expected to cross from southwest Florida into the Gulf Coast later Monday afternoon.

Over southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana, rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is forecast. As it approached the upper Florida Keys, it strengthened and was reclassified.

Much further east, we are still keeping very close watch on Tropical Storm Florence. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour (75 kph).

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