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The area from Navarre to the Alabama-Mississippi border should experience tides of 2-4 feet above normal.

A tropical storm warning and a storm surge watch are in effect for Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties and parishes in southeast Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans.

The tropical wave forecast to cross South Florida on Monday was declared Tropical Storm Gordon after surface observations and radar data indicated maximum sustained winds were around 45 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The forecast brings the storms through the Gulf over the next 24-36hrs before making landfall somewhere in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Tropical Storm Gordon will form off the coast of Southwest Florida on Monday.

Separately, Tropical Storm Florence continues to hold steady over the eastern Atlantic.

Stay turned to NewsChannel7 for the latest on Gordon and the evolution of the track.

If Gordon were to take more of a turn to the north then our forecast could change considerably by Wednesday and Thursday. This will be a system that could cause heavy rains and some flooding.

The storm is headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico and has maximum winds of 45 miles per hour.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite images show Tropical Storm Gordon over South Florida, valid as of 9 a.m. The storm is moving at a speed of 15mph with maximum sustained winds of approximately 30mph and stronger gusts.

"Any strong tropical storm has the potential to strengthen to a hurricane even when that storm may only spend a day or two over warm waters", according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. A tropical storm warning was also in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton County border west to Morgan City, Louisiana. However, right now these tropical systems are not forecast to impact Middle Georgia.


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