Tropical storm Gordon moving quickly across eastern Gulf of Mexico: NHC

Florence was moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday night around 10:00 P.M. near the Mississippi-Alabama state line, just east of Pascagoula. There is also a high risk of rip currents at area beaches on both coasts through Tuesday from Tropical Storm Gordon.

At 11 a.m. Sunday, the tropical storm was located west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands - about 2,500 miles from South Florida.

Look for mostly clear skies with temperatures falling into the low 70s overnight and south winds 5-10 miles per hour. Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited.

As the storm crossed Florida's southern tip on Monday morning, officials closed the beaches in Miami-Dade County and warned of possible street flooding.

We'll continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Gordon.

Authorities across the Gulf Coast urged people to stay out of the water - warnings that beach lovers like Cameron Armstrong and Matthew Ewbanks ignored on their visit to Gulf Shores on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Jenna Wright, owner of a coffee shop in Naples, Florida, told the Naples Daily News that she had expected higher numbers for the Labor Day weekend.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch through Tuesday night, particularly in coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Several storm systems will bring flash flooding to the eastern US from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. The warning means there is danger of life-threatening inundation. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other risky conditions.

The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, promised residents that the city has "the pumps and the power" needed for the storm.

The Governor is warning residents to take caution.

Tropical Storm Florence is also looming in the open waters of the Atlantic and shouldn't pose a threat as it meanders over the open waters.

NHC forecasters say that a westward-northwestward to northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next few days.

  • Joe Gonzales