Tropical Storm Gordon lashes south Florida and heads toward Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon lashes south Florida and heads toward Gulf Coast

The storm was centred at a distance of 153 kilometres away from the Fort Myers of Florida while the wind of speed was measured to be 60 miles per hour as reported by the National Hurricane Centre by 8 p.m. ET.

A storm spinning toward the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Coast is expected to turn into a tropical storm late Monday, bringing heavy rains, strong winds and unsafe tides, the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Gordon never became a hurricane but it was deadly all the same, killing a child by blowing a tree onto a mobile home as it made landfall. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour (75 kph). The storm is moving toward the northwest across the lower Mississippi Valley, bringing with it rain and potential flooding.

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The National Weather Service said conditions were "somewhat favourable" for tornadoes in affected parts of south Florida.

As Tropical Storm Gordon makes a beeline toward the central Gulf coast, hurricane development isn't out of the question.

The National Hurricane Center has issued the watch specifically for the " Alabama-Florida border westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas", though the path is still uncertain.

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Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations were possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes. A tropical storm warning is in effect for much of Louisiana's southeastern coast. The warning means there is danger of life-threatening inundation. The region could see rising waters of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 metres).

The hurricane center's latest "cone of uncertainty" for Tropical Storm Gordon is a good representation of numerous weather computer models: Most are in good agreement the storm will move off to the northwest. Its projected path moved further east on Monday, putting MS and Alabama under a hurricane warning.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana had all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. Tropical Storm Warnings are also in effect for inland areas of Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The exception to this statement may be immediately near the Emerald Coast from Destin to Pensacola, where tropical storm force winds and heavy rain is still a possibility.

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Areas under a storm surge watch and storm surge warning.

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