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National Hurricane Center

The clouds and storms located between South Florida and the northwest Bahamas that have become Tropical Depression Three will likely mean rain and thunderstorms for the region, but forecasters have dialed back the potential for heavy flooding.

The weather system is staying at sea and its heaviest rains are on its east side.

At 5 a.m. Tuesday, Tropical Depression Three was located about 40 miles northeast of West Palm Beach with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm isn’t expected to move over South Florida.

With Gordon expected to become a hurricane and headed to the U.S. Gulf Coast, analysts are keeping a close eye on the nation’s oil refineries.

Updated at 2 a.m. ET

Tropical Storm Gordon has made landfall in Mississippi just west of the Alabama border, according to the National Hurricane Center. At least one death has been attributed to a fallen tree caused by the storm.

Forecasters have urged people along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida to be wary of a dangerous storm surge and flash floods.

Tropical Storm Gordon Forms over South Florida

Sep 3, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon formed Monday morning near Key Largo, Florida and is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds and possible tornadoes to portions of South Florida Monday afternoon and night.

The storm is then likely to continue strengthening as it moves into the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, before making landfall across the central Gulf Coast states Tuesday night.

The heavy rain came sooner than normal for many Floridians Wednesday morning.

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Alberto is pushing deeper inland after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day, causing flash flooding, mudslides, downed trees and power outages through parts of the South, East and central U.S. and prompting officials to warn of a possible dam failure in North Carolina.

The first named storm of the season, Subtropical Storm Alberto, came ashore Monday along the Florida Panhandle, bringing heavy rain to a wide swath of the Southeast and claiming the lives of two journalists on duty in North Carolina.

Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of WYFF News 4 were killed when a tree fell on their SUV, officials and WYFF said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has made a turn to the north and will likely make landfall Monday evening near Destin, Florida. Conditions were already deteriorating quickly near Panama City and Apalachicola Monday morning, with wind gusts between 40 and 50 mph being noted just offshore.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is now forecast to strengthen and take a track a little closer to Florida's west coast. This has prompted the National Hurricane Center to issue a Tropical Storm Watch for much of the Greater Tampa Bay Area. A Storm Surge Watch has also been issued for sections of the Nature Coast north of Crystal River.

Updated at 7:01 p.m. ET

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties on Saturday in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

10:45 am update from the National Hurricane Center: Subtropical Storm Alberto is now official. The National Hurricane Center reports the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and sustained winds of 39 mph.  It's moving north, northeast at six mph.

A tropical storm is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by Saturday, potentially strengthening and approaching the Florida Panhandle by Memorial Day.