3, and was expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the central U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, Sep.4, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
A hurricane warning was put into effect for the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.
Early Tuesday morning, winds from Gordon clocked in at 65 miles an hour as it centered 280 miles east and southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue through Tuesday as the storm intensified but moved away from central Florida, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Norman.
Florence was moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts.
The NHC's hurricane warning covers all of coastal MS and Alabama, with a tropical storm warning reaching to Morgan City, Alabama, and Florida's Okaloosa-Walton County Line.
In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.
Until then, the tropical storm could cause risky storm surge, strong winds, and flash flooding along the Gulf Coast from the tip of Florida to eastern Texas.
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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect its residents from the storm. Flash flooding will also be a concern as we have picked up a lot of rain over the past couple of weeks.
Alert Day Tuesday: numerous thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon with tropical storm conditions expected and hurricane conditions possible tonight.
Miami Beach police told residents on Twitter that Monday was "NOT".
The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.
"This is normally a decent weekend, but the storm and red tide aren't helping", Wright said.
The Atlantic and Pacific oceans bordering the United States are in the midst of hurricane season, where hurricane Lane and Chris have already made landfall.
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. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.