Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida Keys

Terry Joseph
September 4, 2018

The system was lashing Florida with tropical-storm-force winds and heavy rains Monday morning, according to the hurricane center.

Gordon is the seventh named tropical storm or hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year.

In addition to flash flooding, the weather service says tornadoes are possible through Monday night across the southern and west-central Florida peninsula.

A hurricane watch is in place for the MS and Alabama coasts, including the cities of Gulfport, Biloxi, and Mobile.

The National Weather Service said Monday that Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City in Florida were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours. Collier County is likely to see heavier rainfall, with the heaviest scenario ending up with two to three inches of rain. Since the storm will have weakened, the main threats for North Texas will be heavy, tropical rains.

The storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds of the unnamed system have been clocked at 30 miles per hour (45 kph) and the system is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 kph).

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We are in the midst of tropical season and now have five areas of interest! The change means that tropical storm conditions are next expected and not just possible in the warning area.

Tropical storm Gordon continues to gather strength as it makes its way into the Gulf.

Upper-level wind shear is now too high to support a tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico, but wind shear is forecasted to decrease as the wave moves into the Gulf.

A tropical storm warning is in place from the Florida-Alabama border west to Louisiana.

Wright said some roadways were partially flooded as the rain came down hard in the area. "Coastal flood advisories or warnings may be needed late Monday through midweek".

Tropical Storm Florence is moving quickly west and has strengthened slightly but still poses no threat to land.

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