Others did their familiar pre-storm preparation rituals, including the staff at The Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian, Mississippi, only about a block away from the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, all after school activities will be cancelled for Tuesday evening.
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Also, it warns that coastal flooding may be an issue later this week.
Four to eight inches of rain is expected over over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through late Thursday.
"Rapid weakening is expected after Gordon moves inland, " the hurricane center said.
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Florence was moving toward the west near 15 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts late Monday evening.
Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the Gulf Coast.
At LaFrance Marina near Ansley, Mississippi, a mile north of Heron Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, marina owner Sue Cates said that a tidal surge is sure to push water into the marina's low-lying campgrounds, making evacuation "the only choice" people have to protect themselves. Workers on at least 54 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated. By Saturday evening, however, it had blossomed into a depression and by Sunday morning intensified to a Tropical Storm about 10 miles west of Key Largo. He elevated his house off the ground after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and has food, water and two generators.
The third hurricane of the season formed far out over the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday, but doesn't pose any immediate threat to land. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.
The National Weather Service said conditions were "possible" for tornadoes in the affected parts of South Florida on Monday night.
Tropical Storm Gordon is heading toward the MS coastline tonight and will slowly throw some moisture our way.
A hurricane warning is in effect for all the Alabama and MS coast.