Tropical storm warning in place for the US Gulf Coast

The National Hurricane Center along with the National Weather Service and we at KHOU are closely monitoring a tropical wave over Turks and Caicos islands that could bring very heavy rain to a portion of the gulf coast by the end of this coming week

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

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. The forecast brings the storms through the Gulf over the next 24-36hrs before making landfall somewhere in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama. "This warning replaces the hurricane Watch and tropical storm warning for this area".

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.

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Florence continues to hold steady over the eastern Atlantic, about 790 miles (1271 kilometers) west-northwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

There were no immediate indications that the storm had affected energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico area.

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

While it is still too early to pinpoint the exact landfall point, southeast Louisiana from the mouth of the MS all the way to Pensacola, FL lie in the cone of uncertainty with this system. Its forecast path takes the storm directly to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Many replies to various National Weather Service accounts or other outlets with their pleas that the storm veer spontaneously away, as the Gulf coast is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

A hurricane watch was issued from the mouth of the Pearl River, in Mississippi, to the Alabama-Florida border, the NHC said, and a storm surge warning was issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana to the Mississippi-Alabama border, the NHC said.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans. The storm was expected to reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday. The storm was moving west-northwest at 18 miles per hour (30 kph).

"Any strong tropical storm has the potential to strengthen to a hurricane even when that storm may only spend a day or two over warm waters", according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. Since the storm will have weakened, the main threats for North Texas will be heavy, tropical rains.

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