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07 September 2018, 12:21 | Brenda Erickson
FIRST ALERT: Florence a significant threat to the U.S. and Virginia
Meteorologists were also tracking Tropical Storm Florence Monday, which was moving west with sustained winds of almost 70 mph about 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles islands. Tropical Storm Gordon now has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving to the WNW at 17 miles per hour.
Hurricane and storm surge warnings are in effect for George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, and counties.
Gordon is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 50-100 mm over the central and northwestern Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and South Florida through early Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Florence continued to gain strength over the eastern Atlantic on Monday, about 980 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands.
Meanwhile, Florence has been upgraded to hurricane status, packing 75-mph winds as it moves west-northwest at 12 miles per hour.
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There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Gordon formed Monday morning over the Florida Keys as it moved toward the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is coordinating preparations for Tropical Storm Gordon that is expected to begin affecting the state Tuesday afternoon.
People in the warned area should prepare for tropical storm conditions - strong wind and heavy rainfall. Some gradual strengthening is expected, and it's forecast Gordon will be a low-end, Category 1 hurricane at landfall late tonight or early Wednesday. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions.
Graham said there could be waves in the Gulf of Mexico up to 15 feet (4.5 metres), and that cruise ships and other boats were avoiding Gordon's path. Still, southeastern Louisiana is under a tropical storm warning and Edwards says residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west.
"Rapid weakening is expected after Gordon moves inland, " the hurricane center said.
A storm surge watch is in effect for, east of Dauphin Island to Navarre.
The storm was forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS while dropping as much as 20 centimetres of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.
Some minor storm surge could occur along the gulf coast as well. Cruise Hive will monitor the growing Tropical Storm and will post updates which impact the cruise industry including ship itineraries and ports.
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