The Naples Daily News reports that Naples beachfront stores were getting hardly any foot traffic Monday as the storm approached. Over the weekend, that will mean heavy rains across south Florida, the NHC said.
At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide. Gordon likely makes landfall as a tropical storm near the Louisiana/Mississippi border.
Tropical storm warnings have been posted for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys, as well as portions of the northern Gulf Coast.
Gordon, with its tropical storm-force winds extending about 45 miles from its core, was moving to the northwest at a speed of 17 mph.
Meanwhile, Florence has moved away from the Cabo Verde Islands and remains on a north-northwest track far out in the Atlantic. There is a high risk of rip currents so swimming is not recommended.
Police advised beach-goers to stay indoors.
Interests in the Florida Keys and the southern Florida peninsula should monitor the progress of this system.
We are in the midst of tropical season and now have five areas of interest! From there, it is forecast to move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.
The previous Tropical Storm Watch from the Florida-Alabama border westward to Morgan City, La., has been changed to a Tropical Storm Warning - in expectation of the formation of Tropical Storm Gordon. On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early afternoon Monday and will reach the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday night. Isolated tornadoes are possible.
The storm, which is now near the Bahamas, is moving north west towards the Gulf of Mexico.
The environment around the tropical wave is gradually becoming calmer, a trend that will continue at as it passed over South Florida and enters the Gulf of Mexico.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The 5 p.m. advisory is out from the National Hurricane Center on Potential Tropical cyclone 7 and Brevard county could see heavy rains from the passing system through Tuesday.