Tropical storm warning in place for the US Gulf Coast

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Tropical Storm Gordon, even if it is upgraded to a hurricane by the time it reaches the gulf coast, will not be almost as strong or damaging as Hurricane Katrina.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide.

Gordon should make landfall Tuesday night along or near the MS coast (see Fig. 4).

"Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach those areas late Tuesday", senior hurricane specialist Stacy R. Stewart said, "with hurricane conditions possible in the watch area". At this time, there is a 20% chance of formation over the next five days. Gordon is moving very quickly to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour and on the current forecast track, it is likely to make landfall either late Tuesday or very early Wednesday morning as a category 1 hurricane along the northern Gulf Coast.

A Hurricane Warning has been issued for the Alabama-Florida border, as Tropical Storm Gordon continues to move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

A Hurricane Center forecast map showed the storm making landfall on Tuesday evening near the Alabama-Mississippi border. As the storm continues and then hits the Gulf of Mexico we could see cruise itineraries impacted.

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Energy companies and port operators along the Gulf Coast took steps to resume normal operations after Gordon shut 9 percent of the region's oil and natural gas production.

Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours, the Hurricane Center said. A rip current risk warning is in effect from 8am Sunday through Monday evening.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected "to bring life-threatening" hurricane conditions to parts of the central Gulf Coast. Tornadoes are also possible through Wednesday night over MS and western Alabama, it added.

Up to 8 inches of rain was expected to have covered parts of south Florida by Tuesday, with 1 to 2 inches projected around Tampa Bay, according to Norman, the National Weather Service meteorologist.

Even though the center is officially over land, the swampy flat soil of South Florida may not be a deterrent to further strengthening.

The weather delivered a blow to businesses during the holiday weekend.

Flooding from rainfall may call for evacuations in some areas in Southwest Mississippi, mainly west of Interstate 55, and north of I-10 in Southeast Louisiana.

Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday as it headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for a portion of the Mississippi-Alabama border.