Tropical Storm Gordon threatens Gulf Coast, hurricane warning in place

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens Gulf Coast, hurricane warning in place

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens Gulf Coast, hurricane warning in place

The National Hurricane Center warned of high winds around parts of Florida as the storm passed over the southern tip of the state on Monday morning. It was centered 330 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, as the storm moves west-northwest at 17 mph.

The Florida Keys have already experienced the heavy rain and wind from the tropical storm. There is also a Tropical Storm Warning from the Okaloosa-Walton County Line westward to east of Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

The hurricane center said Hurricane Florence had maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour and was continuing to move toward the northwest at 12 miles per hour. We're being told to expect rain and wind, and we're preparing accordingly.

A hurricane watch was issued for the Gulf Coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border.

Model trends still keep it largely tracking further to the east than in previous tracks and at this time, direct impacts from this storm are not expected here in the Brazos Valley. Periods of torrential rain and strong winds should continue overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday.

Florida is now experiencing rain from the storm, Weather.com reported.

A Tropical Storm Gordon Twitter account even cropped up on Monday, personifying the terror so many people felt. "Evacuate immediately away from coastal storm surges if instructed by local officials. Nine out of ten fatalities in tropical systems are due to water".

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Rain has drenched the Miami area as Tropical Storm Gordon moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

The storm could still pump up to a hurricane before making landfall Tuesday night.

Forecast rainfall from the National Weather Service. The National Hurricane Center predicted a "life-threatening" storm surge of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 metres) along parts of the central Gulf Coast. This inundation could flood and potentially damage low-lying roads, homes, and businesses.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the center said. "Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances".

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

Palm Beach County is under a significant weather advisory until 10 a.m. with National Weather Service meteorologists warning of strong thunderstorms east of Lantana bringing wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour and the possibility of funnel clouds. Scattered power outages are likely.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory that it expects Gordon to be a hurricane when it reaches coastal MS and Louisiana sometime late Tuesday.

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