NEW ORLEANS -- Residents along the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to get hit with another strong storm for the second time in less than a month.
Tropical Storm Edouard gained speed as it moved west Monday. It's expected to strengthen to a near-hurricane before making landfall somewhere in Texas or southwest Louisiana Tuesday morning.
A tropical storm warning was in effect from the mouth of the Mississippi River westward to San Luis Pass in Texas. A hurricane watch was in effect from west of Intracoastal City, Louisiana, to Port O'Connor, Texas.
Edouard had maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts Monday morning. The storm's center was located about 80 miles south-southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and 285 miles east-southeast of Galveston, Texas.
It was moving west near eight miles per hour and was expected to strengthen before making landfall.