Gordon may make landfall as a strong tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane over the central Gulf coast.
The Hurricane Center issued storm surge warnings from Shell Beach, La.to the MS border with Alabama. I literally had to grab his hand and help him. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect. "It's been a good summer, and hopefully this won't do too much damage".
Gordon formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday as it moved west-northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph).
The hurricane center said Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was continuing to move toward the northwest at 12 miles per hour. According to a report by CNN, 13 million people are under a tropical storm warning as of Monday afternoon, and nearly 2 million people are under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings.
After forming near the Florida Keys Monday morning and moving west-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico, Gordon brought winds of almost 50 miles per hour and sometimes heavy rains over Tampa Bay by midday.
What had been Tropical Storm Florence reached hurricane strength late Tuesday morning.
"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said Tuesday morning.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell issued a voluntary evacuation notice for areas outside of the New Orleans levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon.
Gordon is expected to dissipate by Saturday somewhere in the central U.S.
For everyone else, the mayor is urging them to stock up on supplies, and shelter in place.
In a tweet, Miami Beach Police advised residents and visitors that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.
Tropical-storm-force winds could reach the western Florida panhandle Tuesday afternoon and the Alabama-Mississippi coastline by early evening. A number of schools called off classes, people rushed to fill bags with sand, and red no-swimming flags flew along the shore as waves kicked up from the approaching storm.
Tornadoes are possible throughout Monday night across the southern and west-central Florida Peninsula. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.
"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared". A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for a portion of the Mississippi-Alabama border.
In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release.
Skies quickly turned from partly cloudy to dark gray as storms spread over the port city of Mobile in the evening.