Tropical Storm Gordon brings hurricane warning for parts of Gulf Coast

Posted September 04, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon, after forming on Monday morning near Key Largo, was moving northwest into the Gulf of Mexico.

Geo Rodriguez chose to go for a walk on Hollywood Beach, north of Miami, on Monday morning and got caught in the storm.

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

It was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour and was forecast to pass over the Florida Keys Monday afternoon, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening and reach the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday night.

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The storm threat comes amid major flooding in the Midwest, due to a slow-moving storm that has brought flash flood watches and warnings from Kansas to Nebraska, stretching to portions of Iowa and northern IL. Maximum sustained winds of the unnamed system have been clocked at 30 miles per hour (45 kph) and the system is moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour (24 kph).

Tropical Storm Gordon has formed near the Florida Keys this morning.

The storm has already begun lashing South Florida with high winds and heavy rains as it moved west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

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.

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"With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared".

No oil refinery production has been shut in the Gulf due to the storm, but plants were securing loose items to prevent damage from the winds.

Edwards announced at a news conference Monday evening that 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana, where heavy rains and strong winds are anticipated Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Gordon continued to strengthen as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico Monday afternoon, bringing fast moving showers and gusts over Tampa Bay that were expected to continue through the evening. Cantrell said the city expects to see impact of the storm beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday.

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A hurricane watch has been posted for the Gulf Coast from eastern Louisiana to the Florida-Alabama state line. Localized totals of 6 inches or more are possible in some areas.