Storm watch issued for central US Gulf Coast

Audrey Hill
September 4, 2018

We continue to track Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 south of Florida Monday morning. The center issued storm surge warnings from Shell Beach, La.to the MS border with Alabama.

A storm surge warning is in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Gordon could be near hurricane strength when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

The main impact for Central Florida will be periods of showers with occasional heavy rainfall.

Mid-September is considered the peak of the hurricane season, AccuWeather said.

Norman said wind gusts clocked-in at 49 miles per hour at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and 45 miles per hour in Bradenton around 1:30 p.m. Forecasters expect scattered thunderstorms throughout the area.

The National Weather Service says Gordon is expected to pass over the Florida Keys and the southern portion of the Florida peninsula Monday morning, reaching the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday evening.

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Several storm systems will bring flash flooding to the eastern US from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. A storm surge watch was extended to the western Florida Panhandle.

Gordon was expected to strengthen in the Gulf. But that is supposed to change when the disturbance, which is moving west-northwest, enters the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are possible today across portions of South Florida and the Keys.

The center said in its 8:30 a.m. advisory that the storm was centered 20 miles west of Key Largo and 85 miles southeast of Marco Island.

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A third system has moved off the African coast, and is forecast to move westward across the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, Florence has moved away from the Cabo Verde Islands and remains on a north-northwest track far out in the Atlantic.

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