A storm surge warning was issued from the Shell Beach, Louisiana area to the Mississippi-Alabama border.
Forecasters said the tropical system system is gradually becoming better organized even though it has yet to form a a well-defined center of circulation.
It is expected to make landfall somewhere between Mobile and New Orleans Tuesday evening. Gordon passed over the Upper Keys in South Florida on Monday morning as it slid into the Gulf of Mexico.
A rip current statement warned of deadly undertow along area beaches through Wednesday night.
Tropical Storm Gordon brought heavy rain and winds to South Florida on the Labor Day holiday. Gordon is set to move into the Gulf of Mexico over the next 24 hours, and maintain its strength as a tropical storm as it approaches the coast by midweek.
Sustained winds this morning at Palm Beach International Airport have been running about 9 to 20 mph, with a 21 mph gust recorded before 2 a.m. Miami International Airport reported gusts of up to 35 mph before 9 a.m.
The National Hurricane Center says a tropical wave now over the Bahamas will move into the eastern Gulf Of Mexico on Labor Day and may strengthen as early as Tuesday.
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Last week, we were keeping our eye on a tropical wave pushing off the west coast of Africa. However, some localized areas could see up to 200 mm.
Periods of heavy rain were expected to continue Monday through the late afternoon with a possibility of flooding, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a new tropical storm in the eastern Atlantic will strengthen throughout the weekend but does not now threaten land.
But the track forecast is a little uncertain.
In August, both agencies updated the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season outlook, predicting a below-normal season with an additional 5-9 named storms. It urged residents to complete preparations for the storm today.
Meanwhile, Florence has moved away from the Cabo Verde Islands and remains on a north-northwest track far out in the Atlantic.