Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday, lashing the southern part of the state with heavy rains and high winds before moving into the Gulf of Mexico.
As of 9 a.m., Gordon was 60 miles southwest of Miami moving west-northwest at about 17 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph.
Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.* Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.
Tropical storm and storm surge warnings were in effect along a long stretch of the central Gulf Coast from Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain, to the Alabama-Florida border.
The center predicted total rain amounts of 4-8 inches (10-20 centimeters) in the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL. Sustained winds could peak at 30 to 35 miles per hour with gusts over 40 miles per hour in parts of coastal Lee and Collier Counties late Monday afternoon and Monday evening. According to a report by CNN, 13 million people are under a tropical storm warning as of Monday afternoon, and nearly 2 million people are under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings.
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.
As of early Wednesday, Gordon was about 20 miles northwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with sustained winds of 40 mph. A rip current risk warning is in effect from 8am Sunday through Monday evening.
The hurricane center's latest "cone of uncertainty" for Tropical Storm Gordon is a good representation of numerous weather computer models: Most are in good agreement the storm will move off to the northwest. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the USA, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa. Any storms can bring strong gusty winds as they move through.
The center says Gordon will bring heavy rainfall to southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana and southeast Arkansas through late Thursdays.
Water levels from storm surge along the Gulf of Mexico will gradually subside Wednesday morning, the NHC said.
It added, "Tides above normal can be expected Monday through midweek".
New Orleans director of emergency preparedness Collin Arnold warned city residents the storm has the potential to turn into a "low-level hurricane" with winds of up to 113 km/h. As it approached the upper Florida Keys, it strengthened and was reclassified.