Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

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Winds are expected to remain at tropical storm status (39 to 73mph), and make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

As much as 3 to 6 inches of rain is forecast across coastal MS and southeast Louisiana over the next few days, and higher amounts could occur, the weather service said in a news bulletin Monday morning.

The storm was forecast to come ashore late on Tuesday 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.

A storm surge watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Gordon is already lashing south Florida with rain and tropical-storm-force winds.

A hurricane warning was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border. Farther west, tides will be 3-5 feet above normal.

"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared".

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It warned that heavy rainfall from the system would affect portions of the central Gulf Coast later in the week.

Showers and thunderstorms are already ongoing in Louisiana, Texas, and MS with flash flood watches in place.

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. Forecasters expect scattered thunderstorms throughout the area.

Winds in the area are expected to fall between 10-20 miles per hour. The remnants of Gordon will move north after Wednesday, bringing some rain toward the central plains states.

A tropical storm dumped heavy rain on South Florida and the Florida Keys on Monday, prompting a hurricane watch along the storm's projected path in the central Gulf Coast. The center of the storm was located about 60 miles west-northwest of Key Largo, Florida.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect across southern Florida from Miami to Naples.

The peak wind forecast on the Mississippi Coast on Monday is 15 to 25 miles per hour with wind gusts of 35 miles per hour.

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