A storm surge warning is in effect for Biloxi, Mississippi, to Dauphin Island. A tropical storm warning is in effect for much of Louisiana's southeastern coast. The storm was expected to reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday. The current forecast track brings Gordon into southeast Louisiana and southern MS by early Wednesday morning as a strong tropical storm. That may increase Tuesday as Gordon makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.
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. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the Alabama and Mississippi Coasts, including Mobile, Gulf Shores, Biloxi, and Gulfport.
"There's not a lot of difference between a strong tropical storm and a minimal hurricane", he said.
The National Weather Service said current conditions were "somewhat favorable" for tornadoes in affected parts of South Florida on Monday.
Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical depression Monday morning and a tropical storm by Monday evening.
The Florida Keys have already experienced the heavy rain and wind from the tropical storm.
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Hurricane warnings stretch from the Florida/Alabama border to the Louisiana/Mississippi border as the storm center is most likely to strike along the Mississippi or Alabama coastline.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted that Floridians and visitors should monitor the weather system and remain vigilant.
Chief Todd Warren, director of safety, sent out an email to the Loyola community Monday, Sept. 3 afternoon giving an update on the status of classes and operations on Sept. 4. As it approached the upper Florida Keys, it strengthened and was reclassified.
The system is brewing about 175 miles (281 kilometers) east-southeast of Marathon in the Florida Keys. The storm is moving at 35 miles per hour to the northwest.
Look for mostly clear skies with temperatures falling into the low 70s overnight and south winds 5-10 miles per hour.
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