The hurricane warning was placed into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.
Tropical Storm Warnings were upgraded to Hurricane Warnings in South Mississippi in anticipation of Gordon making landfall late Tuesday into Wednesday in or near South Mississippi.
High pressure of the Appalachians will help to guide the storm further to our west, which is great news for us here in Middle Georgia, but bad news in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.
Gordon strengthened early Monday night with max winds up to 60 miles per hour.
After periods of heavy rainfall, flood advisories were in effect for parts of South Florida late Monday.
After forming near the Florida Keys Monday morning and moving west-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico, Gordon brought winds of almost 50 miles per hour and sometimes heavy rains over Tampa Bay by midday.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency, saying 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen were being deployed, along with 63 high-water trucks, 39 boats, and 4 helicopters. Still, the southeastern part of the state remains under a tropical storm warning and residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west, Edwards said.
For everyone else, the mayor is urging them to stock up on supplies, and shelter in place. Although the strongest winds - again, possibly at least 74 miles per hour as a low-end hurricane - will be at the center, gusty winds will be contained in the outer rain bands.
Tropical-storm-force winds could reach the western Florida panhandle Tuesday afternoon and the Alabama-Mississippi coastline by early evening.
Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.
Gordon is expected to dissipate by Saturday somewhere in the central U.S.
Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.