Biggest impacts from Gordon locally in the Gulf, near the coast

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Tropical Storm Gordon continues to get a little better organized in the eastern Gulf. It's expected to make landfall along the Mississippi coast Tuesday night perhaps as a category one hurricane. A few tropical storm force wind gusts (39+ mph) are possible in Okaloosa County westward, and especially in the offshore waters of the Gulf Tuesday.

Our impacts continue will stay relatively minor here in the Panhandle through Tuesday afternoon with conditions improving Tuesday night. Impacts be a little more pronounced the closer you are to the coast and the farther west you live. It will be quieter the farther inland you live.

Tuesday's impact in Northwest Florida:
1. Marine: High risk of rip currents, dangerous surf, no swimming.
2. Rain: 0.5-3" of rain for most with a few coastal spots getting more.
3. Winds: 15-25 mph with some gusts around 30 or 35 mph, especially near the coast.
4. Severe Weather: An isolated tornado can't be ruled out in the outer rain bands.

The weather will gradually improve Wednesday although rain chances will still be around 60 percent with a southerly flow behind Gordon. It looks drier Thursday and Friday with isolated rain chances typical of late summer.

Stay turned to WJHG/WECP for the latest on Gordon as we watch it every step of the way.