NHC: Tropical Storm Gordon likely to form Monday

NHC: Tropical Storm Gordon likely to form Monday

Gordon likely makes landfall as a tropical storm near the Louisiana/Mississippi border.

The current wind pattern is expected to gradually change and lead the storm over the eastern and central Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday or Wednesday.

We will continue to keep you updated on the forecast for Tropical Storm Gordon online and on the WMAZ Facebook page.

A Storm Surge Watch was also issued from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

On the forecast track, the disturbance will pass over the Florida Keys Monday afternoon, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening, and reach the central Gulf Coast by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

Tropical Storm Gordon has formed just south of Miami, drenching southern Florida with heavy rain and gust winds.

New Orleans director of emergency preparedness Collin Arnold says the storm has the potential to turn into a "low-level hurricane" with potential winds of up to 70 miles per hour (113 kph).

Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could see 3 to 6 inches rainfall Tuesday into Wednesday, from southeast Louisiana into far southern MS and far southern Alabama, according to the Weather Channel. No tropical watches or warnings have been issued for the Suncoast. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour and the system is moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

But forecasters said the storm does not pose at threat to the island at the moment. Gordon is expected to produce rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana, with some isolated areas receiving up to 8 inches, through early Thursday.

Wind gusts from the storm were expected to hit Florida from Monday afternoon.

Stay turned to NewsChannel7 for the latest on Gordon and the evolution of the track.

In addition to wind and storm surge, Gordon could drop as much as 6 inches of rain across Louisiana and Mississippi. There are already flash flood warnings out in the region due to another weather system.