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Tropical Storm Gordon heads for Gulf Coast

On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico today, and approach the north-central Gulf Coast within the warning area late this afternoon or evening, and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley tonight or early Wednesday.

Conditions will begin to deteriorate later this afternoon with the majority of the impacts this evening with landfall.

As of 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center said Gordon's intensity reached 65 miles per hour, heading in a northwesterly direction towards the MS and Alabama coasts at a fast 17 miles per hour.

The path for Tropical Storm Gordon takes it into the Gulf Coast around Biloxi, Miss., late Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

"Now the one thing that I would say about this storm - which is kind of good - is it's moving quick enough that it's going to run out of time to strengthen before it makes its way offshore", Osterberg said.

Parts of the Louisiana and MS coasts were under a hurricane warning early Tuesday after fast-developing Tropical Storm Gordon moved across South Florida on its way to the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency, allowing them to quickly mobilize state resources and National Guard troops to help during and after the storm.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency and authorized the activation of 200 National Guardsmen to be positioned in the southeast of the state.

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A hurricane warning is in effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

Once the storm moves ashore, rapid weakening is forecast.

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

Weather Channel Meteorologist Justin Michales reported about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday that he was in Wiggins monitoring Gordon with the manager of Whistle Stop Cafe.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for... It looks drier Thursday and Friday with isolated rain chances typical of late summer.

Forecasters are also keeping watch on Tropical Storm Florence in the central Atlantic.

UPDATE 8:31 a.m.: The City of Fort Walton Beach said its solid waste and recycling service will continue as normal on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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