Gordon intensifies pulling away from Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon Forms Batters South Florida and Keys With Wind and Rain

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.

The southern Gulf Coast has already been heavily impacted by this summer's so-called "red tide," in which massive algae blooms have caused waves of dead marine life to wash up along the coast, driving people from the water.

The National Weather Service said Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City also could expect hazardous weather on Monday.

The National Weather Service said Monday that Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City in Florida were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours.

A few pop-up showers will be possible, while the tropical rain from Gordon will be slamming the Gulf Coast.

The last time there was no hurricane between July 13 and September 3, peak season, was in 2013, Klotzbach said.

About 300 vessels in Biloxi's harbors have been ordered to evacuate by 2 p.m. Tuesday due to the risk from storm surge there.

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