Tropical Storm Gordon brings hurricane watch to Gulf Coast

Theresa Obrien
September 3, 2018

As it moves west northwest at 16 miles per hour, Gordon's center already has reached the Gulf of Mexico.

A hurricane watch was issued from the mouth of the Pearl River, in Mississippi, to the Alabama-Florida border, the NHC said, and a storm surge warning was issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana to the Mississippi-Alabama border, the NHC said.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed over the Florida Keys early Monday morning and continued its steady march toward the north central Gulf Coast.

As the tropical storm crosses Florida, the worst of the rain will fall to the south of Interstate 4, and be especially heavy over Okeechobee County and the Treasure Coast, the National Weather Service said Sunday.

Tropical storm warnings have been posted for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys, as well as portions of the northern Gulf Coast.

Another impact from Gordon will be rough seas and a high risk of rip currents along area beaches.

"It is possible that Gordon could peak as a Category 1 hurricane after 36 hours, just before landfall occurs", Senior Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart wrote in his forecast. Locally heavy rain amounts from two to three inches is expected for the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County.

The path for Tropical Storm Gordon takes it into the Gulf Coast around Biloxi Miss. late Tuesday Sept. 4 2018
ABC News The path for Tropical Storm Gordon takes it into the Gulf Coast around Biloxi Miss. late Tuesday Sept. 4 2018

The current wind pattern is expected to gradually change and lead the storm over the eastern and central Gulf of Mexico by Tuesday or Wednesday.

While the chance for formation remains low Monday morning, it could increase in the coming days (as we saw with what is now Tropical Storm Florence).

Gordon is forecasted to move into the Gulf waters later today, where the storm will increase in strength with winds reaching near 60 miles per hour. That means gusty winds and rain for Tampa Bay, but Norman said there are no tropical storm warnings for any land areas.

Over southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana, rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is forecast.

Wind gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Fort Lauderdale, 49 mph in Pembroke Pines, and 51 mph in Opa-locka.

Tropical Storm Florence has moved closer to Bermuda.

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