Tropical Storm Gordon brings hurricane watch to Gulf Coast

Graphic illustration of Tropical Storm Florence at 5am on September 1

The storm was about 1942 nautical miles east south east of the island this afternoon. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

The wet weather comes after thunderstorms rolled in Sunday, spinning off what could become Tropical Storm Gordon off Florida's southwest coast by Monday evening.

While the first half of the Atlantic Hurricane season (June - August) was less active than predicted, the second half of the season has already produced three tropical waves.

Meteorologists also warn of high rip current risks due to the bad weather, advising beachgoers to swim near a lifeguard.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the edge of the Florida Panhandle.

Southern Florida is expected to be hit with heavy rains and winds on Labor Day. No impacts from the system are expected for eastern Carolina.

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A tropical depression or tropical storm may form in the Northern Gulf of Mexico this week.

As far as the tropical system, expect it to strengthen in the Gulf as it moves away from Florida later today into tomorrow. We could likely see tropical storm watches issues for the area by this evening. The storm was expected to reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, forecasters say, storm are expected to develop over the nation's midsection in coming days that could dump from 3 to 7 inches (8-17 centimeters) of rain in some areas.

A Tropical Storm Watch means conditions of a tropical storm are expected within 48 hours in the U.S. state.

A tropical storm warning and a storm surge watch are in effect for Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties and parishes in southeast Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans.

Wind gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Fort Lauderdale, 49 mph in Pembroke Pines, and 51 mph in Opa-locka.

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