Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

Conditions look favorable for tropical storm development as the system moves towards the north central Gulf coast.

The storm was forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS while dropping as much as 20 centimetres of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago. Its forecast path takes the storm directly to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. A hurricane watch is in place for the MS and Alabama coasts, including the cities of Gulfport, Biloxi, and Mobile.

Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

The tropics are getting active just in time for the peak of Atlantic hurricane season on September 10. "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".

The storm was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour (28 kph).

Volusia and Flagler counties are not expected to see the worst of the tropical storm's rain.

Further updates on the track and strength of this potential tropical system will be coming over the next few days. Tropical Storm Gordon now has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving to the WNW at 17 miles per hour.

AccuWeather meteorologists have said they can not rule out the potential for the system to become a hurricane in the Gulf.

Expect windy conditions across South Florida with a strong breeze along our east coast on Monday.

A flash flood watch is in effect starting about noon Tuesday and ending about midnight Wednesday, the NWS says.

The storm will gather strength as it heads through the Gulf of Mexico and be at our near hurricane force as it makes landfall Tuesday night along the MS or Alabama coast, the hurricane center said. The official track by the National Hurricane Center predicts a landfall between Bay St. Louis and Gulfport early Wednesday morning as of the 4pm Monday advisory. Some minor storm surge could occur along the gulf coast as well.

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