Hurricane warning as Tropical Storm Gordon aims at Gulf Coast

Rain fall upon the Miami skyline this Labor Day weekend

Blamed for the death of a Florida baby and intense wind and rain that pummeled parts of the northern Gulf of Mexico coast, Tropical Depression Gordon weakened Wednesday but still spread bands of heavy rains across a swath of the South as it swirled over central Mississippi.

For now, Tropical Storm Gordon has winds blowing at 65 mph (100 km/hour), and its eye (the center of the storm) is located about 145 miles (235 kilometers) from the mouth of the Mississippi River, the NHC said.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from southeastern Louisiana to the Okaloosa-Walton County line in Florida.

Gordon made landfall on Tuesday night near the Alabama-Mississippi border with near hurricane-force winds, the National Hurricane Center said.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared emergencies.

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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.

Forecasters said radar spotted possible tornadoes spun off by the storm overnight in southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, and more are possible on Wednesday night in MS and western Alabama.

The Lawrence area could see more rain this week as Tropical Storm Gordon hits land in Alabama and moves into the Midwest.

Gordon is moving toward the northwest near 14 miles per hour (22 kph). It prompted states of emergency in Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Alabama.

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Gordon is expected to pound several states with rain for several more days as it moves north. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.

The National Weather Service in Mobile cautioned that the Styx River near Elsanor, Alabama, could reach moderate, and possibly major, flood stage later Wednesday.

"When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across". No watches or warnings are now in effect. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport were ordered closed Tuesday ahead of Gordon's approach, but all had reopened by early Wednesday.

"This is our first time coming out here to the beach for a storm", said Danielle, who added she had also been through Hurricanes Opal and Ivan but didn't do much outside observing for those storms. It is among three systems in the Atlantic that Florida residents should monitor as we near the peak of hurricane season in just five days.

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