Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

UPDATE: Gusty showers hitting southern Palm Beach County as Gordon passes

Warnings Issued As Tropical Storm Gordon Hits Florida. Here's Where It's Headed Next

4 near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

A hurricane warning was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

The National Hurricane Center says it expects Gordon to strengthen into a hurricane before it reaches the north central Gulf Coast late Tuesday.

There are hurricane watches out for the Alabama-Florida border, which states that hurricane force winds of 74-95mph are possible potentially making Gordon a category 1 hurricane. As of the 8pm update winds are sustained around 60 miles per hour. Forecasters said the storm could be near hurricane strength when it is projected to make landfall tomorrow night.

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After marching up from the Florida Keys and lashing South Florida on Monday with rain, Gordon was centered Tuesday morning over the Gulf of Mexico, about 190 miles east-southeast of the Mississippi River's mouth, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency warned of storm surges of between 1 and 1.5 metres and told South Mississippi residents to be prepared to evacuate.

Authorities also issued a voluntary evacuation order for residents outside the levee protection system, which include the Venetian Isles, Lake Saint Catherine and Irish Bayou areas.

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There is a Special Marine Warning for Indian River County and Brevard County.

"There's not a lot of difference between a strong tropical storm and a minimal hurricane", he said. "Its winds are already up to 50 mph and it's only been over the water for a few hours, so we are concerned with favorable conditions", said Jason Beaman from the National Weather Service in Mobile. It predicts rising waters of 3 to 5 feet in an area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

The hurricane center's latest "cone of uncertainty" for Tropical Storm Gordon is a good representation of numerous weather computer models: Most are in good agreement the storm will move off to the northwest. While likely to remain outside of the storm's core, this zone is still expected to see gusty winds and heavy rainfall.

The Atlantic and Pacific oceans bordering the USA are in the midst of hurricane season, where hurricane Lane and Chris have already made landfall. There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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