Tropical Storm Gordon strengthens, pounds S. Florida with heavy rain

Clark Diaz
September 4, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon could form late Monday as a system moves over the Florida Keys and into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will hit warm water and favorable conditions for strengthening.

A hurricane watch remains in effects for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

The Miami-based centre said a storm surge watch has been issued from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

The storm was forecast to come ashore late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

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Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

'With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared. As of now it has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, and is bringing rounds of heavy rain and gusty winds to southern Florida.

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. The deluge could cause flash floodings in some areas. As of right now, it has not strengthened into a Tropical Depression or Storm. What is likely to become Gordon will make a brush with southern Florida through Labor Day, and head into the Gulf late Monday or Monday night. The National Hurricane Center does expect it to strengthen as it moves throughout the Gulf of Mexico. There are NO watches or warnings for Northwest Florida.

A Hurricane Center forecast map showed the storm making landfall on Tuesday evening near the Alabama-Mississippi border.

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The first words of the National Hurricane Center's Sunday 11 a.m. advisory are "Florence moving quickly west-northwestward over the open Atlantic Ocean".

At 8 a.m. Monday, the storm had 45 miles per hour sustained winds.

Several storm systems will bring flash flooding to the eastern USA from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.

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