Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Tropical Storm Gordon could strengthen into a weak hurricane

Tropical Storm Gordon could strengthen into a weak hurricane

By mid-morning today winds were around 45mph with higher gusts as it moved west-northwest at close to 16 miles per hour across Key Largo towards the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Gordon became a tropical storm after having strengthened rapidly overnight, and late Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the mouth of the Pearl River, which divides Louisiana and MS in the central Gulf.

The system could dump 2 to 4 inches of rain over parts of the Bahamas, the Florida Keys and South Florida through early Tuesday, with some areas of Florida getting up to 8 inches, according to officials at the National Hurricane Center.

As Tropical Storm Gordon drenches South Florida, there's more bad weather brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour (95 kph).

Florida is still expected to move in a west northwestward direction for the next several days with little strengthening.

An isolated tornado or waterspout is possible from the outer bands of Tropical Storm Gordon across much of South Florida Monday and Monday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend about 80 miles from the center. While not a tremendous storm surge with this system is expected, there will be enough to cause high water along the coast.

On the forecast track, the disturbance will pass over the Florida Keys Monday afternoon, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening, and reach the central Gulf Coast by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. A storm surge warning was extended east to Dauphin Island.

With strong winds pushing against the coast, there is the concern of a 3-5 foot storm surge in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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.

No coastal watches or warnings are in effect through the weekend for Florence.

But the south-eastern part of the state remains under a tropical storm warning and residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west, Mr Edwards said.

The storm began as a tropical wave over the Caribbean last week.

The National Weather Service said Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City also could expect hazardous weather on Monday.

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