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4 near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

At the moment the National Hurricane Center still has Gordon strengthen to a weak category one hurricane with winds of 75 miles per hour and making landfall in South Mississippi.

Tropical storm and storm surge warnings were in effect along a long stretch of the central Gulf Coast from Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain, to the Alabama-Florida border.

The hurricane center said Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was continuing to move toward the northwest at 12 miles per hour.

Gordon was expected to strengthen into a hurricane just before making landfall in MS sometime Tuesday or Wednesday.

Gordon had formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday, hitting South Florida with heavy rains and high winds before moving into the Gulf of Mexico.

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Edwards announced at a news conference Monday evening that 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana, where heavy rains and strong winds are anticipated Tuesday.


A storm surge warning was in effect for the area between Shell Beach, Louisiana, and Dauphin Island, Alabama, with predicted heights of up to 3-5 ft if the peak surge coincides with high tide.

There is a Special Marine Warning for Indian River County and Brevard County. "Evacuate immediately away from coastal storm surges if instructed by local officials".

Geo Rodriguez made a decision to go for a walk on Hollywood Beach, north of Miami, on Monday morning and got caught in the storm.

Expect gradually improving conditions Thursday into Friday depending on system track.

More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power on Monday as a result of the weather.

The last time there was no hurricane between July 13 and September 3, peak season, was in 2013, Klotzbach said.

John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the U.S. Gulf Coast. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect.


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