Tracking Tropical Storm Gordon; relief from 90s on the way

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Gordon was located about 26 miles southeast of Jackson, Mississippi, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

The storm formed near the Florida Keys on Monday, bringing stormy conditions to the south of the state. It prompted states of emergency in Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Alabama.

The storm's turbulent center is expected to plow a path from the southwest corner of Alabama and central MS into part of Louisiana and southern Arkansas.

"I just hope I don't have to throw out everything in my refrigerator when I get home", he said.

Trucks with the Alabama Department of Transportation work to block off a flooded part of US Highway 98 while fighting rain from Tropical Storm Gordon on Wednesday in Spanish Fort, Ala.

As it crosses the Gulf Tuesday, forecasters say the storm will encounter some upper level wind shear, the hurricane-smothering atmospheric winds that up to now have helped keep the season in check.

Gordon will bring strong winds as well as sporadic tornadoes to the Alabama and Florida coasts as well as heavy rainfall with the potential for flash flooding across the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, northeastern Louisiana and southern Arkansas.

The US Coast Guard said the ports of New Orleans and Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi, may have to close within 48 hours. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

Earlier, families filled sandbags, took patio furniture inside and stocked up on batteries and bottled water as the Gulf Coast in the southern United States prepared for Tropical Storm Gordon, which could strengthen and become the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year.

A hurricane warning was in effect for the entire MS and Alabama coasts with predictions Gordon would become a Category 1 storm.

The storm halted some energy production in the US Gulf, with companies evacuating 54 offshore platforms and halting 156,907 barrels-per-day of oil production and 232 million cubic feet-per-day of natural gas output.

"As far as emergency services, we do the best we can to get to you".

Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", Hurricane Director Ken Graham said.

Satellite footage has estimated the cyclone will strike an area north of New Orleans at about 7pm local time (1am BST).

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