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WATCH: Track Tropical Storm Gordon’s approach to the Gulf Coast

Posted at 3:44 PM, Sep 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-04 18:44:08-04

Communities along the Gulf Coast are bracing for Tropical Storm Gordon. 

Businesses and homes are boarded-up as hurricane watches and warnings stretch from Florida through Louisiana.  

Residents in the strike zone are moving sandbags into place, filling gas tanks and making sure there’s plenty of food and water for what could be a rough ride, and the time to prepare is quickly running out.

"Throughout the day today and into tonight, conditions are expected to deteriorate," said National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham on Tuesday.

The storm is expected to deliver a deluge of rain to the Gulf Coast, bringing up to a foot in some areas.

As of 2 p.m., the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida reported winds of 26 mph with gusts as high as 37 mph. An automated buoy south of Orange Beach, Alabama reported sustained winds of 40 mph with a gust up to 60 mph, while a buoy south of Dauphin Island, Alabama reported waves as high as 13 feet.