Tropical Storm Gordon brings rough weather to southern Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon brings rough weather to southern Florida

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for South Florida, and from the Florida-Alabama border west to near Morgan City, La. "While were not expecting any sustained tropical storm force winds, any one of these showers can produce winds of 30, 40, 45 miles per hour".

Conditions appear to be conducive for development, and this system is expected to become a tropical depression by Monday morning.

A storm surge warning has been issued from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. That means gusty winds and rain for Tampa Bay, but Norman said there are no tropical storm warnings for any land areas.

Tropical-storm-force wind gusts will be possible Monday afternoon and evening across portions of south Florida and the Florida Keys.

The tropics are getting active just in time for the peak of Atlantic hurricane season on September 10. Its forecast path takes the storm directly to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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.

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"Any strong tropical storm has the potential to strengthen to a hurricane even when that storm may only spend a day or two over warm waters", according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The long-range forecast map for the storm shows it slowly turning to the northwest as it approaches Bermuda by the end of the week.

In its 8 a.m. statement on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center warned the Bahamas disturbance now posed an 80 percent chance of tropical cyclone formation over the next five days, prompting the Tallahassee office to warn about rip currents and widespread showers and thunderstorms.

"The main source of uncertainty in the track forecast is exactly when and to what extent Florence will make this turn", NHC hurricane specialist David Zelinsky in his forecast.

Much further east, we are still keeping very close watch on Tropical Storm Florence.

Gordon's winds and rain come just two weeks after Monroe County began a $49.2 million project to remove tons of debris left by Hurricane Irma previous year in canals in the Keys. This rainfall may cause flooding.

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