Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

NOAA's GOES-East satellite images show Tropical Storm Gordon over South Florida, valid as of 9 a.m.

A developing weather system is expected to become Tropical Storm Gordon, bringing with it heavy rain and gusty winds for the Labor Day holiday Monday.

- Tropical Storm Gordon has formed near the Florida Keys, leading to a hurricane watch issued for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast.

Tropical Storm Florence and its 50 mph winds (down from 60 mph) are about 605 miles west northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, edging west northwest at 18 mph. There are NO watches or warnings for Northwest Florida. At the start of August, hurricane experts at Colorado State University said that conditions in the Atlantic - cooler than average ocean surface temperatures and varying wind speeds in the atmosphere - have diminished the chances of a hurricane striking the US during the remainder of the hurricane season, which goes until November 30. A storm surge warning was issued from the Shell Beach, Louisiana area to the Mississippi-Alabama border. The current projection would have Gordon make landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border as a tropical storm early Wednesday morning.

"It looks like for the next three or four days we're going to be having to really watch close", Graham said, "and remember if you're even inland you can get some of these heavy rainfall totals so now is the time to be prepared".

A tropical depression or tropical storm may form in the Northern Gulf of Mexico this week.

By Tuesday, this system will be in the Gulf of Mexico, and will likely be Tropical Storm Gordon, and is expected to move ashore near New Orleans, or as far east as Mobile, Alabama.

"Maximum sustained winds are near 30mph (45 km/h) with higher gusts".

Residents in parts of South Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana are being warned to prepare for tropical storm-force winds and possibly isolated tornadoes.

Elsewhere, forecasters say, storm are expected to develop over the nation's midsection in coming days that could dump from 3 to 7 inches (8-17 centimeters) of rain in some areas. Over the warm waters of the open Gulf some strengthening is expected.

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