Tropical Storm Gordon: Seventh named storm forms near South Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon: Seventh named storm forms near South Florida

The peak wind forecast on the Mississippi Coast on Monday is 15 to 25 miles per hour with wind gusts of 35 miles per hour. But authorities are also issuing a voluntary evacuation order for people outside the city's levee protection system.

Until then, the tropical storm could cause unsafe storm surge, strong winds, and flash flooding along the Gulf Coast from the tip of Florida to eastern Texas.

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

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Over the warm waters of the open Gulf some strengthening is expected.

At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide.

After moving northwest, the next landfall for Gordon will likely be somewhere in southeastern Louisiana or southern Mississippi.

The storm is expected to make landfall in the southern Louisiana area around New Orleans sometime Tuesday night. At this time, there is a 20% chance of formation over the next five days.

In the Atlantic Ocean, the NHC on Wednesday upgraded Hurricane Florence to a Category 4 storm on a five-step scale with maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour (210 kph). A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible. Hurricane center experts still expect it to move northwest before it comes anywhere near Florida as it travels around the western edge of an area of high pressure.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

Police advised beach-goers to stay indoors. No cruise itinerary changes have been officially announced yet but as Gordon heads toward the Gulf coast this will likely change. The wave is located more than 400 miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

A number of schools across Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and MS will not open Tuesday and others announced they would close early ahead of the storm's arrival. The region could see rising waters of three to five feet.

Gordon lashed south Florida with rain and tropical storm-force winds. And, isolated tornadoes are possible across South Florida. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.

The storm is expected to cross from southwest Florida into the Gulf Coast later Monday afternoon.

Weather forecasters have issued storm warnings for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys.

Heading northwest at 17 miles per hour (27 km/h), the National Hurricane Center predicts Gordon could strengthen to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico before it likely makes landfall in MS early Wednesday.