Maximum sustained winds of the unnamed system have been clocked at 30mph and the system is moving west-northwest at 15mph.
A Tropical Storm Warning includes the coast from the Western Florida Panhandle through Alabama and MS to Louisiana, including New Orleans, Pensacola, Mobile, Fort Walton Beach, Biloxi, and Gulfport.
Up to 8 inches of rain was expected to have covered parts of south Florida by Tuesday, with 1 to 2 inches projected around Tampa Bay, according to Norman, the National Weather Service meteorologist.
Two tropical storms that formed in the Atlantic over the weekend pose no threat to the Cayman Islands, according to local weather experts.
But Florence is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour and little change is expected in that path before Tuesday.
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Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center. A hurricane watch also was posted for the Central Gulf Coast, including the coasts of MS and Alabama.
The system is expected to become a tropical storm by Monday evening, at which point it will be named Gordon. The track of the storm stays well to our south and west. Excessive rainfall totals will be experienced well inland (see Fig. 3).
Tropical Storm Gordon is forecast to make landfall Tuesday night somewhere between eastern Louisiana and southern Alabama as a formidable tropical storm. The hurricane center said little change in strength is forecast over the next few days.
Parts of the northern Gulf Coast could see 3 to 6 inches rainfall Tuesday into Wednesday, from southeast Louisiana into far southern MS and far southern Alabama, according to the Weather Channel.
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations.
The tropical wave the First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team has been monitoring most of the week is beginning to show better organization on Sunday afternoon.
A storm surge watch is in effect for, east of Dauphin Island to Navarre.