Heading northwest at 17 miles per hour (27 km/h), the National Hurricane Center predicts Gordon could strengthen to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico before it likely makes landfall in MS early Wednesday.
Two woman covered from the rain with umbrellas as they walk in Miami as Tropical Storm Gordon passes by South Florida with wind gust and heavy rainfall for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.
The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of storm surges of between 3 and 5 feet (1 and 1.5 meters) and told South Mississippi residents to be prepared to evacuate.
Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm's arrival.
Positioned 145 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, Gordon is moving toward the northwest at 15 mph. Storm surge, hurricane force winds and flash flooding will all be possible along the Gulf Shore with this potential hurricane. It will likely be a hurricane by the time it makes landfall, but current predictions aren't forecasting that it will grow into a major category.
It is forecast to come ashore on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches of rain in some areas of the US South, which is still recovering from hurricanes a year ago. A storm surge warning has been issued for the area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama.
The storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.
A hurricane watch is in effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.
High pressure of the Appalachians will help to guide the storm further to our west, which is great news for us here in Middle Georgia, but bad news in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi. This is a fluid situation and tropical storm conditions will begin to be experienced along northern parts of the Gulf coast by Tuesday.
A hurricane watch - meaning that hurricane conditions are possible - was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border. Some area in southern Florida may receives 8 inches.
Tropical Storm Gordon is the Atlantic basin's seventh named storm of the year. Gordon has intensified with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and continues to have an improved structure on satellite and radar (see Fig. 1).