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Tropical Storm Gordon lashing Panhandle, expected to become hurricane before landfall

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Forecasters say they still expect Tropical Storm Gordon to become a hurricane before making landfall somewhere along or near the MS coast. Preparations should be completed this morning as conditions will deteriorate quickly during the afternoon and evening.

The NHC's hurricane warning covers all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching to Morgan City, Alabama, and Florida's Okaloosa-Walton County Line.

"A front will stall over the area late this week at the same time the remnants of tropical storm "Gordon" will move over the central United States".

Gordon was moving to the northwest at 15 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system.

Authorities in South Florida and across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Gordon will move ashore late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, spreading rain and wind across the region.

"We're expecting an increase in winds", Miller said in a phone interview.

The center will release its next Gordon update at 3 p.m. EDT today here.

As what's left of Gordon heads into the Ohio Valley this weekend, it will bring another big surge of showers and storms with it.

Elsewhere in the tropics, two features need to be monitored in the coming days.

Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf, said the storm was approaching just as the island was finishing up recovery from Hurricane Nate past year. It looks drier Thursday and Friday with isolated rain chances typical of late summer.

Additional systems are possible over the next 1-2 weeks as we are now in the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.

"We are planning to cancel a few flights - less than 10 - to/from Mobile and Gulfport due to the storm", American spokesman Ross Feinstein said Tuesday.