Gordon has begun hurling tropical storm-force winds onshore along the Alabama and western Florida Panhandle coastline.
Gordon formed Monday morning near the Florida Keys. 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 are several disturbances tracking across the Atlantic over the coming weeks including Florence which attained hurricane status on Monday, making it the third hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season.
A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana and MS as Tropical Storm Gordon roars towards the US Gulf Coast.
Gordon is predicted to make landfall on the MS coast late Tuesday, drenching a large swath of Gulf Coast states.
Gordon is also predicted to pour buckets of rain over the Gulf Coast - between 4 and 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) - through late Thursday (Sept. 6), the NHC said.
The governors of Louisiana and MS have declared states of emergency, and emergency operations centers have been activated from Florida to Louisiana as officials urge residents to prepare for the storm.
As Tropical Storm Gordon heads toward the MS coast, we asked if the storm will affect Fort Worth.
The Gulf of Mexico is home to 17 per cent of US crude oil and 5 per cent of natural gas output daily, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
Schools in parts of coastal Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and MS were closed Tuesday, and others announced they would open for only part of their normal day.
Gordon is expected to slow its forward motion as it nears the coast, possibly adding to its rainfall totals in the region. "Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across", said Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama. "We haven't really gotten a lot of reports on that though thank goodness, considering what the last few weeks have been like", he said.
The offshore winds have created cleaner beaches and much clearer water, but experts say just because it looks and feels like red tide is gone, it doesn't mean it is.
But authorities issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside the city's levee protection system, including the Venetian Isles, Lake Saint Catherine and Irish Bayou areas.
The current path of the storm indicates it will move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley through Wednesday, bringing rain.
Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", director Ken Graham said.