GULFPORT, Miss. – The Last Tropical Storm Gordon (all times are local):
The National Hurricane Center says that Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border.
The Miami-based forecasting center said Tuesday that Gordon hit about 10 hours
Gordon formed Monday morning in the vicinity of the Florida Keys.
Gordon’s maximum sustained winds were 70 mph (110 km). It never reached hurricane status.
The storm is forecast to quickly weaken as it moves inland across Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas until Thursday.
The last hurricane against the US was Nate, who came ashore in Biloxi, Mississippi, in October last year.
Forecasters say 4 to 8 inches (10-20 cm) of rain could fall along the storm track. Flash flood watches have been issued.
The National Hurricane Center said Gordon is started hurling tropical storm-force winds onshore along the Alabama and the west coast of the Florida Panhandle.
The Miami-based forecasting center said that the center of Tropical Storm Gordon was still about 75 miles (125 kilometers) southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi as of 7 pm CDT Tuesday. That is also about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south of Mobile, Alabama.
Forecasters say the storm a hurricane before its expected landfall sometime Tuesday evening along the north-central Gulf Coast. Hurricane Nate was the last hurricane against the united states, making landfall near Biloxi, Mississippi, in October last year.
Forecasters say Gordon, after some strengthening late Tuesday, now packs top sustained winds of 70 mph (110 km / h). The move to the northwest in the direction of the coast at 14 miles (22 km).