TS Gordon could bring heavy rain to the ArkLaTex

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

The tropical wave likely moves into the Northern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday as a tropical depression or tropical storm, staying close to the coast and providing gusty winds and heavy tropical rains to coastal Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

A storm surge watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River. The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Storm Olivia and Hurricane Norman in the eastern Pacific.

Though weeks away from land, Tropical Storm Florence gained strength in the Atlantic Ocean Sunday, drawing interest from forecasters in Raleigh.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed near the Florida Keys early Monday, which means increased chances for a wet Labor Day afternoon and evening in Tampa Bay.

'With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared.

A tropical storm warning is in place from the Florida-Alabama border west to Louisiana.

A hurricane watch is in effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border. Rain forecasts continue to favor south Florida for the heavy rain and that is where food watches have been issued.

The warning is related to potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which, if it organizes into a tropical storm, will become Tropical Storm Gordon. It was west-northwest 17 miles per hour with max sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

Sustained winds this morning at Palm Beach International Airport have been running about 9 to 20 mph, with a 21 mph gust recorded before 2 a.m. Miami International Airport reported gusts of up to 35 mph before 9 a.m.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents from Tropical Storm Gordon.

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