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The Last: Schools close in Florida as Gordon approaches

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The Last Tropical Storm Gordon (all times are local):

8:40 pm

A number of schools in the vicinity of Pensacola in northwest Florida have called off the classes, as Tropical Storm Gordon spins through the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials along Pensacola Beach say the waves are picking up Tuesday morning and the lifeguards are warning beachgoers of the danger.

Pensacola Safety on the Water Capt. Jake Wilson tells WEAR-TV, the strong east wind is bringing a lateral current “where it is just to push you along the beach.”

Wilson says beachgoers shouldn’t get in the Gulf of Mexico, and when the red flag along the beaches.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border. The National Hurricane Center is predicting a “life-threatening” storm surge along portions of the central part of the Gulf Coast.

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2:40 pm

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to strengthen into a hurricane late Tuesday when it hits the central AMERICAN Coast of the Gulf, including the coast of Mississippi. From there it is forecast to move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday as it lashed the southern part of the country with heavy rains and strong winds.

The storm was centered 280 miles (450 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, forecasters said early Tuesday morning. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 mph (100 km / h).

A hurricane warning is in effect for the area that stretches from the mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi to the Alabama-Florida border.

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