Gordon became a tropical storm after having strengthened rapidly overnight, and late Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the mouth of the Pearl River, which divides Louisiana and MS in the central Gulf. I literally had to grab his hand and help him. 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. "It's been a good summer, and hopefully this won't do too much damage". Gordon is expected to produce rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana, with some isolated areas receiving up to 8 inches, through early Thursday.
Gordon was located about 450km east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River and was packing maximum sustained winds of 100km/h, the Miami-based weather forecaster said. People are urged to stay up to date along the coast in case local officials issue evacuation orders.
The storm was forecast to come ashore late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago. Tropical Storm Warnings still remain in effect for the Louisiana and Florida coastlines. But it's expected to make landfall Tuesday night in the northern Gulf Coast as only a Category 1 hurricane. Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labour Day holiday was 'NOT a beach day, ' with rough surf and potential rip currents.
Palm Beach County is under a significant weather advisory until 10 a.m. with National Weather Service meteorologists warning of strong thunderstorms east of Lantana bringing wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour and the possibility of funnel clouds.
A storm surge warning has been issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.
Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited. After making landfall, it is expected to move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.
Flooding was also a high risk for the areas affected by the storm, including portions of southeast Louisiana north of Interstate 10 and southwest MS west of Interstate 55. The storm was not forecast to strike land. The storm surge for coastal Alabama will reach between two and four feet.
Gordon's winds were already up to 50 miles per hour in the last hurricane center update at 1 p.m. CDT Monday.
Further east in the Caribbean, Hurricane Florence formed about 1,240 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and 1,270 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles, the NHC said Tuesday in its 11 a.m. AST update.