Tropical Storm Gordon forms near the Florida Keys
The storm has formed near Key Largo, Fl. It will move towards the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon. East Central Florida can expect localized heavy downpours and gusty winds to 40 mph from associated showers and storms.
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for southeastern Louisiana, coastal Mississippi and surrounding marine areas.
The warning means tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours or less.
On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will pass over the southern tip of the Florida peninsula Monday morning, move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico during the afternoon afternoon and evening, and reach the warning area along the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday night.
By mid-week, the National Weather Service reports, the disturbance is forecast to dump “heavy rainfall” along the central Gulf Coast.
The system is forecast to produce 4 to 6 inches of rain over southern Alabama, southern Mississippi and Louisiana, with isolated areas receiving up to 8 inches through early Thursday.