HOLT, Fla., Sept. 3, 2018–The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning from the Florida/Alabama state line west to the mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana.
Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties are still under a tropical storm warning.
The National Weather Service in Mobile is warning of a chance of tornadoes in the area due to Tropical Storm Gordon Tuesday and Tuesday evening, especially since this area falls to the east of the storm.
As of 5 p.m. EDT, Gordon is centered about 50 miles west-southwest of Ft. Myers, Fla.
The storm will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Tuesday.
Since Gordon will be moving over very warm sea-surface temperatures, the storm is forecast to reach hurricane strength in 24-to-36 hours.
The storm is expected to be a minimal category 1 hurricane with winds at 75 mph when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast, the first of the Atlantic season to make landfall in the United States, according to the NHC.
Gordon is moving at 17 mph with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 45 miles from the center.
The next NHC advisory will be issued at 10 p.m. CDT.