Heavy rain, storm surge flooding and strong winds are likely impacts from Gordon on the Gulf Coast. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has now issued a hurricane watch from the Mouth of the Pearl River, Mississippi, to the border between Alabama and Florida. Tropical storm warnings are posted for South Florida, from Golden Beach on the southeast coast to Bonita Beach on the southwest coast as well as the Keys from Craig Key to Ocean Reef.
Localized flooding is possible and the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for South Florida into Monday night. Gordon will move through the eastern Gulf of Mexico Monday night through Tuesday. Gordon is forecast to be a strong tropical storm near the time it makes landfall on the northern Gulf Coast Tuesday night, most likely in southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi or southern Alabama. Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could see 3 to 6 inches rainfall Tuesday-Wednesday, from southeast Louisiana into far southern Mississippi and far southern Alabama. Localized totals of 6 inches or more are possible in some areas. As a result, there could be flooding in this region, including the New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, metro areas. By late Tuesday, tropical-storm-force winds could arrive on the northern Gulf Coast.