Tropical Storm Gordon brings hurricane watch to Gulf Coast

Kerry GarnerSep 04, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon formed as of 7am CT this morning as expected.

A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt. Heavy rains are expected over the Gulf Coast states. The center of the storm was located about 60 miles west-northwest of Key Largo, Florida. "This warning replaces the hurricane Watch and tropical storm warning for this area". Winds up to 45-50 miles per hour, heavy rainfall, and rip currents will be likely along the Gulf Coast from Northern Florida all the way to Louisiana Tuesday through Wednesday.

The seventh tropical storm in the Atlantic has officially been named.

Tropical Storm Gordon now has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving to the WNW at 17 miles per hour.

Various watches and warnings are in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast from Florida Bay to east of Morgan City, La.

The storm's predicted track had shifted slightly east as of Monday evening, meaning Louisiana is now just outside the area under the hurricane warning.

"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared".

Flooding was also a high risk for the areas affected by the storm, including portions of southeast Louisiana north of Interstate 10 and southwest MS west of Interstate 55.

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Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.* Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River. Heavy rain and gusty winds cover all of South Florida, especially in embedded rain bands.

The center says the system will gradually strengthen and is expected to become a tropical depression sometime Monday and a tropical storm by Monday evening.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans.

A Storm Surge Warning has been issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday.

The National Weather Service expects Gordon to gain strength once it enters the Gulf of Mexico, may reach near-hurricane level force; Garrett Tenney reports.

In addition to Florence, forecasters also were watching a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased slightly to near 50 miles per hour (85 kph) with higher gusts.

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