Tropical Storm Gordon: Seventh named storm forms near South Florida

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

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The center predicted total rain amounts of 4-8 inches (10-20 centimeters) in the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL. As much as 8 inches (20 centimetres) of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday as the tropical weather moves inland toward Arkansas. The National Hurricane Center says a tropical wave now over the Bahamas will move into the eastern Gulf Of Mexico on Labor Day and may strengthen as early as Tuesday.

While it is still too early to pinpoint the exact landfall point, southeast Louisiana from the mouth of the MS all the way to Pensacola, FL lie in the cone of uncertainty with this system.

The storm is expected to make landfall in the southern Louisiana area around New Orleans sometime Tuesday night. Heavy rain causing flooding and gusty winds will be the main threats for the gulf coast states.

Cantrell urged residents within the levee protection area to stock up on supplies and shelter in place.

The warning is related to potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which, if it organizes into a tropical storm, will become Tropical Storm Gordon.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

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

At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide.

Residents should pay attention to weather updates throughout the Labor Day weekend to remain aware of the progress of this disturbance.

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Gordon struck the coast at 70 miles per hour, just shy of hurricane strength, near Pascagoula, Mississippi late Tuesday.

Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could see 3-6 inches of rainfall Tuesday into Wednesday, from southeast Louisiana into far southern MS and far southern Alabama, according to the Weather Channel.

Barricades and "high water" signs were also moved to the New Orleans area in case of need.

As the tropical storm crosses Florida, the worst of the rain will fall to the south of Interstate 4, and be especially heavy over Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Meanwhile, no coastal watches or warnings are in effect for Tropical Storm Florence.

In Tallahassee, city officials offered sandbags to help homeowners prepare for potential flooding. Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico were prohibited.

Water levels from storm surge along the Gulf of Mexico will gradually subside Wednesday morning, the NHC said. Another tropical storm, dubbed Florence, is churning roughly 1,500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. It is projected to make landfall on the Mississippi Coast early Wednesday with possible winds of 60 miles per hour. A storm surge watch is in effect for Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A storm surge watch is in effect for, east of Dauphin Island to Navarre.

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