"On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will move farther away from the southwestern coast of Florida early this evening, and move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight and Tuesday".
The storm was due to come ashore late Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches of rain in areas still recovering from last year's hurricanes. It was moving relatively quickly across the warm ocean waters, at about 17mph. Edwards has also activated 200 National Guard members for Tuesday morning.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has declared a state of emergency for her city, closing all non-essential government offices on Tuesday.
Heavy rain is already falling over western Florida and is expected to spread west along the coast to New Orleans.
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Tropical Storm Gordon will move ashore late Tuesday into early Wednesday morning along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, spreading rain and wind across the region.
A storm surge warning is also in effect for Shell Beach eastward to Dauphin Island, Alabama.
Rainfall across the area is expected to be three to six inches, with possibly higher amounts locally.More news: Former senator tapped to replace John McCain
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"We're not expecting any severe weather", he said.
Elsewhere in the tropics, two features need to be monitored in the coming days.
After a mostly quiet hurricane season, the tropics have sprung to life, but there's no reason for Beaufort County residents or visitors to panic, experts say.
Because of the combined threat of coastal flooding and increased storm surge, New Orleans issued a voluntary evacuation order for areas outside of the levee system.
But much of the storms effects will bypass the Tampa Bay area completely, according to Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
The long answer? It's going to be cloudy, muggy and rainy for the rest of the week, but the city's highest chance of rain will be on Friday - when the storm eventually makes its way inland.
Geo Rodriguez chose to go for a walk on Hollywood Beach, north of Miami, on Monday morning and got caught in the storm.