At the mouth of the Mississippi River, around the area of New Orleans, the storm could generate a surge of up to 4 feet (1 metre) and smaller surges could hit coastland along other parts of the Gulf Coast, Graham said.
This storm will move into the Gulf of Mexico today and track northwest.
At the time, peak sustained winds were 45 miles per hour, but wind gusts were in the 50 mph-to-60 miles per hour range.
The National Weather Service says Gordon is expected to pass over the Florida Keys and the southern portion of the Florida peninsula Monday morning, reaching the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday evening.
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Cantrell urged residents within the levee protection area to stock up on supplies and shelter in place.
While the 2018 hurricane season has been a quiet one for the Cape Fear coast so far, September - and even October (Hurricane Hazel in 1954) - has historically been a busy time for tropical weather systems to menace the Wilmington area.
Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said.
Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Heavy rain causing flooding and gusty winds will be the main threats for the gulf coast states.
At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide.
The seventh tropical storm in the Atlantic has officially been named. In St. Tammany Parish, a line of cars reached between 20 and 25 vehicles long at times.
Florence was moving toward the west-northwest at 16 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds at 65 miles per hour with higher gusts on Monday morning.
After making landfall somewhere near Louisiana or Mississippi, Gordon will weaken but continue to move northwest.