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Gordon forms, tropical storm warnings for northern Gulf

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Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, it was heading west-northwest at 16 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A storm surge warning is in effect for Biloxi, Mississippi, to Dauphin Island. The storm is over south Florida but later in the afternoon will hit the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The storm was expected to reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength when it hits the Gulf Coast, including coastal MS, by late Tuesday.

Gordon is expected to continue on its current track or maybe a little more northwestward while continuing to strengthen.

Tropical Storm Gordon looks to make landfall as a category 1 hurricane on Tuesday night on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

In addition to Florence, forecasters also are watching a tropical wave located that's just emerged off the west coast of Africa.

After periods of heavy rainfall, flood advisories were in effect for parts of South Florida late Monday.

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Forecast models take the track of this system through the Florida Keys early Monday morning, with heavy rain and gusty winds impacting the Miami area on the north side of the organizing wave early Monday. We'll increase the clouds as the day goes on and also look for a few isolated downpours after 6PM, particularly south of US-82.

Heavy rain bands are expected to continue at a steady pace for much of the day Monday across southeast Florida, where rainfall estimates since midnight were already over an inch in many areas.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from the mouth of the Pearl River, which separates southern MS from the easternmost part of Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.

Conditions should improve along the coast during the day Wednesday, while heavy rain expands inland through western MS, northeast Louisiana, and southeast Arkansas.

A Tropical Storm Watch could be coming to the Northern Gulf Coast as early as Sunday night, as the National Hurricane Center has upped the chance of tropical development for a system over the Bahamas to 90 percent in the next five days. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for a portion of the Mississippi-Alabama border. But that is supposed to change when the disturbance, which is moving west-northwest, enters the Gulf of Mexico. As of the 8pm update winds are sustained around 60 miles per hour.

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