A hurricane watch is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River, MS, to the Alabama-Florida border, since Gordon could possibly become a category 1 hurricane before landfall. 3 as it steamed west-northwest at 16 miles per hour (27 kph), the National Hurricane Center said.
As much as eight inches (20cm) of rain is expected to fall overnight and Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven is expected to increase in strength, first becoming a Tropical Depression and later a tropical storm on Monday night. It will likely strengthen a bit, but still stay a tropical storm.
Tropical Storm Florence is moving in the direction of Bermuda.
Highest winds were 50 miles per hour, but Hurricane Center forecasters said Gordon showed signs of becoming better organized and would likely strengthen.
A tropical storm warning is in place from the Florida-Alabama border west to Louisiana.
Gordon formed into a tropical storm early Monday near the Florida Keys.
Trees sway as Storm Gordon descends on Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., September 3, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.
Maximum sustained winds of the unnamed system have been clocked at 30mph and the system is moving west-northwest at 15mph.
MIAMI-Tropical Storm Gordon lashed South Florida with heavy rains and high winds on Monday, forcing holiday beachgoers to drier ground.
Weather forecasters have issued storm warnings for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys. Storm surge of 1-2 feet is possible from Destin, FL to the Mississippi/Alabama border.
On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos that were ordered closed Tuesday were given permission Wednesday to open at noon.
It's way too early to know if either of those storms will have any impact on land, but Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said attention should be paid: "It's the peak of hurricane season". "All preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion, as tropical storm conditions are expected to arrive in the warning areas Tuesday afternoon".
At 11 p.m. Monday, the storm is continuing a west-northwestward to northwestward motion.
Several storm systems will bring flash flooding to the eastern USA from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.
Although some storm systems have been known to help dissipate Red Tide, it was unclear Monday how the churn from Gordon may affect the toxic algae bloom blanketing 130 miles of the southwest Florida coast.