Tropical Storm Gordon soaks Southern Florida, approaches Gulf Coast

Minnie NorrisSep 04, 2018

"While were not expecting any sustained tropical storm force winds, any one of these showers can produce winds of 30, 40, 45 miles per hour".

Tropical Storm Gordon formed Monday morning near the Florida Keys and was lashing South Florida with tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rain late Monday morning, according to the Hurricane Center.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday morning that Tropical Storm Gordon is likely to batter the region with heavy rains. Gordon is moving very quickly to the west-northwest at 17 miles per hour and on the current forecast track, it is likely to make landfall either late Tuesday or very early Wednesday morning as a category 1 hurricane along the northern Gulf Coast.

For now Gordon is forecast to remain a tropical storm, however, some intensity guidance suggests that Gordon could make a run at category 1 hurricane status.

Pressure was 1009 mb and movement was west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Florence poses no threat to land as it continues to churn across the open Atlantic with no change in strength.

Gordon was expected to strengthen in the Gulf.

The long-range forecast map for the storm shows it slowly turning to the northwest as it approaches Bermuda by the end of the week.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says a new tropical storm in the eastern Atlantic will strengthen throughout the weekend but does not now threaten land.

A hurricane watch was issued for the Gulf Coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border.

A storm surge watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River. And isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches of rain were possible over the southern Florida peninsula, according to the NHC. A storm surge watch was extended eastward from the border to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning was extended eastward to the Okaloosa-Walton county line. Over the warm waters of the open Gulf some strengthening is expected.

Flooding from rainfall may call for evacuations in some areas in Southwest Mississippi, mainly west of Interstate 55, and north of I-10 in Southeast Louisiana.

In addition to Florence, forecasters also were watching a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa.

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