A tropical wave that formed in Caribbean last week has strengthened into Tropical Storm Gordon near the upper Florida Keys. Maximum sustained winds were at 45 miles per hour with a minimum central pressure of 1009 millibars.
The NHC also issued a Tropical Storm Watch for portions of the central Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida border westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana.
The storm was bringing heavy rain and some gusty winds to many areas in South Florida Monday morning. A tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of the Alabama and Louisiana coastlines.
There is a 50 percent chance based on the latest forecast models that this storm could spin up into Tropical Storm Gordon by Tuesday afternoon. "With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared", Scott said in a tweet on Sunday.
Tropical Storm Florence is expected to continue tracking west/northwest over the next few days, travelling into the central Atlantic Ocean.
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The main impact for Central Florida will be periods of showers with occasional heavy rainfall.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft will be deployed Monday evening to investigate how the system is developing and whether it does indeed evolve into a tropical storm.
These rainfall amounts may cause flash flooding. Gordon may travel into Arkansas by early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Forecasters said it is not a threat to Bermuda at the moment.
The storms closest point of approach to Bermuda in the next three days is expected to be 1344 nautical miles east south east of the island.