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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The center of Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border late Tuesday night.
At 11 p.m., the center of the system was about 30 miles east-southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi.
Gordon is moving toward the northwest near 14 mph. A northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.
On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will move inland across the lower Mississippi Valley through Wednesday.
A turn toward the north-northwest and north is forecast to occur on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 70 mph with higher gusts.
Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and Gordon is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center.
All warnings and watches west of the mouth of the Pearl River have been discontinued. The Storm Surge Warning west of Biloxi has also been discontinued.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…
* Biloxi Mississippi to Dauphin Island
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…
* East of Dauphin Island to Navarre
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…
* Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida Border
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Alabama-Florida Border to Okaloosa-Walton County Line
Four to eight inches of rain is expected over over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central Mississippi, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through late Thursday. This rainfall will cause flash flooding across portions of these areas.
RAINFALL: Gordon is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central Mississippi, northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through late Thursday. This rainfall will cause flash flooding across portions of these areas.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue to spread onshore during the next several hours within portions of the warning area, with hurricane conditions forecast by this evening in the hurricane warning area.