(WFLA) – Tropical Storm Gordon has formed near the Upper Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Center said Monday morning.
As of 8:15 a.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was 5 miles west of Key Largo.
The National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Warnings will be issued for parts of South Florida and the Florida Keys in a special advisory sometime Monday morning.
The storm will impact us here in the Tampa Bay area on Labor Day.
“Tropical Storm Gordon will increase our winds and rain chances this afternoon,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann. “Scattered downpours will spread across the Tampa Bay area this afternoon, especially for areas south of I-4. Some of these downpours will produce torrential rain and strong wind gusts.”
A Small Craft Advisory is posted for our gulf waters with winds out of the east at 15-20 knots and even higher gusts. Seas will increase to 2-4 feet.
Tropical Storm Gordon is predicted to continue to head northwest toward Louisiana and Mississippi by midweek.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Alabama-Florida border westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the