Tropical Storm Gordon has formed. The Mississippi Coast is in its path.

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Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, it was heading west-northwest at 16 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 7, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Gordon over the next 48-hours, has maximum sustained winds near 30 mph with higher gusts.

Starting from the Florida-Alabama border to the Mississippi's Pearl River, the tropical storm is likely to hit those areas and the warning has been issued accordingly.

Heavy rain and gusty winds have been seen in parts of south Florida and that will only increase as the storm moves further into the Gulf of Mexico.

"Little change in strength is expected through tonight, but some weakening is forecast on Wednesday and continue through Friday, " forecasters said.

You might want to think twice about heading to the beach this Labor Day as forecasters expect storms to drench South Florida Monday. There is also a high risk of rip currents at area beaches on both coasts through Tuesday from Tropical Storm Gordon.

A storm system moving quickly toward the central U.S. Gulf Coast strengthened to a tropical storm early Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions.

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Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could end up under a Tropical Storm Watch within the next day as the National Hurricane Center refines its forecast.

There are hurricane watches out for the Alabama-Florida border, which states that hurricane force winds of 74-95mph are possible potentially making Gordon a category 1 hurricane.

Rain has drenched the Miami area as Tropical Storm Gordon moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning areas. Tropical Storm Warnings are also in effect for inland areas of Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the centre said.

The close-up radar Monday morning shows the tropical wave approaching southern Florida and the Florida Keys right now.

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