At 5 p.m., the center of the system was about 95 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi. With maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, the storm is about 1,305 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands and moving west-northwest at 12 mph. "There is a non-tropical storm west of Gordon that is causing some of the wind shear", Sosnowski said.
Gordon was due to come ashore late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of rain in areas still recovering from last year's hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center said.
Regardless of its land falling strength, strong winds, isolated tornadoes and a coastal storm surge risk are present tonight and early tomorrow morning for areas west of the Florida panhandle and east of the Louisiana-Mississippi state line.
Tropical Storm Gordon is strengthening fast as it roars across the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to hit the MS coast as a hurricane late on Tuesday.
Geo Rodriguez chose to go for a walk on Hollywood Beach, north of Miami, on Monday morning and got caught in the storm.
"The center of Gordon will approach the central Gulf Coast within the warning area late Tuesday or Tuesday night, and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday", Stewart said.
A storm surge warning was in effect for the area between Shell Beach, Louisiana, and Dauphin Island, Alabama, with predicted heights of up to 3-5 ft if the peak surge coincides with high tide. The warning means there is danger of life-threatening inundation.
"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the Hurricane Center said. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the US, and another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa and head east.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell declared her own state of emergency and closed all non-essential government offices. When the storm arrives at the north-central Gulf Coast, it is expected to have strengthened into a low-level hurricane.
As Tropical Storm Gordon heads toward the MS coast, we asked if the storm will affect Fort Worth.