Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

Only slight intensification is required for this system to become the first Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in 2018.

Heavy rain will still be likely closer to the eye of the storm.

According to a report by CNN, 13 million people are under a tropical storm warning as of Monday afternoon, and nearly 2 million people are under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings.

As a precaution, Governor Edwards confirmed 200 members of the Louisiana National Guard will be sent to the southeastern portion of the state on Tuesday morning.

"We have concerns that the storm is intensifying".

People fish as rain and wind are whipped up by Tropical Storm Gordon on September 3, 2018, in Miami.

A storm surge watch was in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

FRIDAY - MONDAY: As Gordon moves west, slightly more typical weather returns to our area.

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A tropical storm warning is in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton county line in Florida to just east of Morgan City, LA, including Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas, LA; and Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, FL, including Florida Bay and Ocean Reef. At this time, this will be the largest threat for our area from this disturbance since this is forecast to head toward the central Gulf Coast states.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Florence continued to gain strength over the eastern Atlantic on Monday, about 980 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.

Promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. Don't drive your vehicle onto any water-covered roads in coastal and inland areas. The hurricane center said little change in strength is forecast over the next few days.

In its 2 p.m. advisory, the NHC and National Weather Service said the system is moving north-northwestward.

A hurricane warning is in effect along the MS and Alabama coast, where the storm is expected to make landfall Tuesday night or early Wednesday. Waves of 3 to 5 feet are expected, locally as high as 6 feet in some areas, and inland waterways will be choppy.

Over 700 homes are without power and many bridges and roads are closed. "Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances".

A storm surge warning is in effect for Biloxi, Mississippi, to Dauphin Island.

Right now, maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with higher gusts, according to the NHC. "Trees will be the main concern as far as the winds go".

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