Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

Hurricane warning issued as Tropical Storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

Kenneth Drake
September 7, 2018

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for portions of the central Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida border westward.

After pounding South Florida with heavy rain and strong winds Monday, Tropical Storm Gordon is gaining strength and taking aim at the Gulf Coast.

Heavy rain, gusty winds and thunderstorms are hitting South Florida as the Gulf Coast braces for looming Tropical Storm Gordon.

Tropical Storm Florence continues to spin in the central Atlantic Ocean, about 2,700 miles from Miami. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour.

Florida is still expected to move in a west northwestward direction for the next several days with little strengthening.

Southeast Texas will not feel impacts from Gordon, but the peak of hurricane season is quickly approaching.

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Tropical Storm Gordon is a spinning off of the southwest coast of Florida. The exception to this statement may be immediately near the Emerald Coast from Destin to Pensacola, where tropical storm force winds and heavy rain is still a possibility. Gordon is expected increase to a Category One hurricane by landfall late Tuesday night, potentially bringing 80 miles per hour winds and more than five inches of rain to south Mississippi.

What has been dubbed Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven was set to drench part of the Florida-Alabama border from Tuesday night, dropping as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of a region still reeling from hurricanes a year ago. Forecasters said the storm could be near hurricane strength when it is projected to make landfall tomorrow night.

Combined with the warm waters in the Gulf and around the Florida Keys, tropical development is highly likely in the next 48 hours. Persons located within these areas should take all necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water and the potential for other unsafe conditions. A storm surge warning was extended east to Dauphin Island.

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

The tropics are continuing to show some activity with one tropical storm, a potential tropical cyclone, and a new disturbance. It is possible these totals need to be increased further north into parts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas-this is heavily dependent upon the track of Gordon.