8 p.m. update
Tropical Storm Gordon strengthened as it moved away from Florida on Monday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of up to 60 mph, chief meteorologist Tom Terry said.
A hurricane warning is in effect for coastal Mississippi and Alabama, Terry said.
The heaviest weather will move away from Central Florida overnight, he said.
5 p.m. update
The Gulf of Mexico's warm waters enabled Tropical Storm Gordon to maintain its strength late Monday afternoon, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The storm -- which has sustained winds of 50 mph as it moves west-northwest at 17 mph -- could be a category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall between Biloxi, Mississippi, and New Orleans late Tuesday or early Wednesday, chief meteorologist Tom Terry said.
A hurricane warning has been issued for the central Gulf Coast, from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama/Florida border.
UPDATE: Monday 2:30 p.m.
Tropical Storm Gordon is churning toward the Gulf of Mexico, but not before drenching South Florida with heavy rain and strong wind.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm is strengthening, with maximum winds reaching 50 miles per hour.
The storm is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico before strengthening and hitting the Louisiana and Mississippi coast Tuesday.
Several Tropical Storm watches and warnings have been issues for Florida's southwest coast and the northern Gulf coast. Some counties on the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts have issues Hurricane watches and warnings.
The worst of the storm is still expected to miss Central Florida, but could still bring rain, thunderstorms.
Certified Chief Meteorologist Tom Terry is tracking Tropical Storm Gordon and how it could impact Central Florida. Watch for live coverage starting on Eyewitness News at 4 p.m.
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Monday 11 a.m.
The newly formed Tropical Storm Gordon is bringing heavy wind and rain to South Florida, but Central Florida is still expected to avoid a direct hit.
The National Hurricane Center said the storm has maximum winds of 45 miles per hour as it skirts past South Florida, prompting Tropical Storm and Flood watches on the state's southwest coast.
The storm will continue to strengthen as it moves off Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico, the NHC said.
Monday 8:10 a.m.
Tropical Storm Gordon has officially formed as it barrels toward the Florida coast.
The storm formed near the Upper Florida Keys with maximum winds of 45 miles per hour. The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys.
The storm is expected to impact south Florida and parts of the state’s southwest coast before moving into the Gulf of Mexico and reaching the coast of Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday that Tropical Storm Gordon is likely to batter south and southwest Florida with heavy rains. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for a portion of the Mississippi-Alabama border.
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