Tropical-force winds, rain from Gordon slam into Gulf Coast

Tropical-force winds, rain from Gordon slam into Gulf Coast

This storm is now about 700 miles west northwest of the Cape Verde Islands with sustained winds of 50 mph.

Tropical Storm Gordon lashed South Florida with heavy rains and high winds on Monday, forcing holiday beachgoers to drier ground.

The then-tropical storm made landfall around 10 p.m. and brought with it heavy rains and strong winds. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour (75 kph). The storm weakened into a depression Wednesday but remained risky, dumping rain, spawning possible tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake. Beachgoers in the area were warned Wednesday of risky rip currents that prompted red-flag warnings, meaning it was illegal to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

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

Wednesday: a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening for parts of South Mississippi.

The US Coast Guard also warned that the ports of New Orleans as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours when gale force winds from Gordon are expected to arrive.

A slow-moving storm system is causing heavy rain and flooding from Kansas to IL.

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A tropical storm watch is in effect for a swath of the Gulf Coast, from Florida and the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, the NHC said.

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.

"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

The Governor of Louisiana issued the state of emergency on Monday after the reports from the Hurricane Centre.

More than a half foot of rain was reported along the coast near Galveston.

A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain. He and other boaters had taken their boats inland in various rivers to protect them from the storm surge and winds.

"MEMA has been monitoring the development of Tropical Storm Gordon very closely and will continue to do so through landfall which is now forecasted for some time late Tuesday night". The Gulf regions would face continuous rainfalls in the coming days due to the movement of the hurricane storm through the region.

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