At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide. The storm is forecast to pass over the Florida Keys on Monday, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening and reach the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday.
This is expected to move northwest over South Florida on Labor Day and into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Florence poses no threat to Florida and is unlikely to become a hurricane. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible. However, Gordon should weaken as it moves further inland.
A Rip Current Statement has been issued for Panama City Beach warning of a high risk of rip currents through Wednesday.
Police advised beach-goers to stay indoors.
Areas on the Space Coast could see one to two inches of rain. If unable to escape, face the shore and call or wave for help, ' the weather service in Miami said. "With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared", Scott said in a tweet on Sunday.
As Gordon continues to track northeast across parts of the MS and Louisiana Wednesday afternoon, the threat of strong wind gusts will increase across parts of NWLA and SWAR. Gordon is centered about 60 miles WNW of Key Largo, Florida and moving WNW at 16 mph.
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. Heavy rain, coastal flooding, and storm surge is expected along the Gulf Coast. NWS forecasters said isolated tornadoes are also possible.
The storm, which is now near the Bahamas, is moving north west towards the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center has given this cluster of rain and storms a 20% chance for tropical cyclone formation in 5 days.