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Tropical Storm Gordon over Florida, hurricane watch warnings posted

Staff Writer |
Tropical Storm Gordon is pushing into the Gulf of Mexico as it continues to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Florida. Gordon will head for a northern Gulf Coast landfall late Tuesday as a strong tropical storm or possibly a Category 1 hurricane.

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The National Hurricane Center has now issued a hurricane watch from the mouth of the Pearl River, Mississippi, to the border between Alabama and Florida.

A hurricane watch means hurricane-force winds (74-plus mph) are possible in the area indicated beginning late Tuesday or Tuesday night.

Tropical storm warnings are posted for South Florida, from Golden Beach on the southeastern coast to Bonita Beach on the southwestern coast, as well as for the Keys, from Craig Key to Ocean Reef.

Tropical storm warnings are also posted from the Okaloosa-Walton County border in Florida westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

A tropical storm warning is typically issued when tropical-storm-force winds (39-plus mph) are expected in 36 hours or less.

Residents along the northern Gulf Coast should continue to make preparations for Gordon through Tuesday morning.

Gordon is currently centered about 15 miles west-southwest of Marco Island, Florida, and is producing numerous showers and thunderstorms in southern Florida.

Localized flooding is possible, and the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for South Florida into Monday night.

In addition, tropical-storm-force winds (39 mph or greater) are possible in the tropical storm warning area in southern Florida on Monday. A wind gust to 51 mph was reported at Miami's Opa Locka Executive Airport on Monday morning.

An isolated tornado threat cannot be ruled out through Monday night across the southern and west-central Florida Peninsula, as well.

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