Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Tropical Storm Gordon strengthens, pounds S. Florida with heavy rain

Tropical Storm Gordon strengthens, pounds S. Florida with heavy rain

Tropical Storm Gordon has formed near the Florida Keys and south Florida with winds gusts up to 45-miles-per-hour and heavy rain as Labor Day weekend comes to a close. Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

It is expected to make landfall somewhere between Mobile and New Orleans Tuesday evening. "Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge to portions of the central Gulf Coast". Under the current forecast impacts in the panhandle would be.

A Storm Surge Watch was also issued from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

A hurricane watch has also been posted for coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, meaning that hurricane conditions are possible there within the next 48 hours.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 11 a.m. EDT advisory that the storm was centered 60 miles (95 kilometers) west-northwest of Key Largo and 50 miles (80 kilometers) south-southeast of Marco Island. A hurricane watch is in place for the MS and Alabama coasts, including the cities of Gulfport, Biloxi, and Mobile.

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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 storm was generating winds of 75 km/h on Monday as it steamed west-northwest at 26 km/h, National Hurricane Center Director Kenneth Graham said in a video briefing on Facebook.

Various watches and warnings are in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast from Florida Bay to east of Morgan City, La. Our latest local forecast highlights this potential for widespread 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated higher amounts.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Tropical Storm Gordon will form off the coast of Southwest Florida on Monday. Late afternoon we may see a slight improvement as the center of Gordon begins to push away into the Gulf of Mexico. This will be a system that could cause heavy rains and some flooding. Should this occur it will be renamed Tropical Storm Gordon, reports the Weather Channel.

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