On Monday, the Hurricane Center upgraded the tropical storm watch to a tropical warning along the northern Gulf coast from the Alabama/Florida state line, westward to Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain.
Schools in parts of coastal Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and MS were closed Tuesday, and others announced they would open for only part of their normal day.
Gordon is expected to dispense 4 to 8 inches of rain over a large swath of the north central Gulf Coast as well as areas farther inland, through central MS and southern Arkansas. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the US, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa.
A slow-moving storm system continues to produce heavy rain and flooding from Kansas to Illinois Monday morning and into the afternoon. Although the strongest winds - again, possibly at least 74 miles per hour as a low-end hurricane - will be at the center, gusty winds will be contained in the outer rain bands. About 2 million people are under a hurricane watch or warning.
Tropical Storm Florence poses no threat to land as it continues to churn across the open Atlantic with no change in strength. The track of the storm stays well to our south and west.
"Gordon will not be just a coastal event, and not just wind but also water could be damaging, unsafe and even deadly, especially if preparations are not rushed to completion as early as possible today before tropical storm conditions arrive", said Rick Knabb, The Weather Channel's tropical weather expert.
Meteorologists were also tracking Tropical Storm Florence Monday, which was moving west with sustained winds of almost 70 mph about 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles islands.
A hurricane watch is in effect from the Alabama-Florida Border to the mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana.
Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could see 3-6 inches of rainfall Tuesday into Wednesday, from southeast Louisiana into far southern MS and far southern Alabama, according to the Weather Channel.
The Gulf Coast states, still suffering the after-effects of the 2017 hurricane season, are being warned to prepare for heavy rainfall and powerful winds courtesy of Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven.
The highest risk of flash flooding extends into extreme southeastern and northeastern Louisiana and southeastern Arkansas.
Weather forecasters have issued storm warnings for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys.
The storm was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph).
The Miami-based center said Sunday evening that the storm system is brewing about 385 kilometers east-southeast of Marathon in the Florida Keys.
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