Current Location: 28.9N, 86.9W
Geographic Reference: 160 miles SE of Gulfport, MS
Movement: Northwest at 17 mph
Max Winds: 60 mph gusting to 70 mph
Organizational Trend: Strengthening Slightly
Forecast Confidence: Average

Satellite imagery over the past 3-4 hours indicates that squalls have increased in the vicinity of Gordon’s center to the north and northeast side. In addition, Gordon’s central pressure has dropped slightly. Both are a sign of strengthening. However, it is unclear whether this strengthening is only temporary or whether Gordon may intensify further prior to landfall this evening.

Our forecast takes the center of Gordon inland along the Mississippi coast late this evening as a tropical storm with max sustained wind near 60 mph. However, Gordon’s intensity could fluctuate up to 15 mph higher or lower than that estimate. Once inland, Gordon’s winds should rapidly decrease.

Radar indicates heavy squalls have begun impacting the central Florida Panhandle. These heavy squalls will spread westward this afternoon as Gordon approaches. Wind gusts in these initial squalls could reach 50 mph.

Our next full advisory will be issued at 3 PM CDT.

Meteorologist: Chris Hebert

Lat. Lon. Max Sustained Winds Category
28.90N 86.90W 60 mph Tropical Storm