Tropical storm Gordon moving quickly across eastern Gulf of Mexico: NHC

Sep 05, 2018, 04:44
Tropical storm Gordon moving quickly across eastern Gulf of Mexico: NHC

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

Parts of the Louisiana and MS coasts were under a hurricane warning as fast-developing Tropical Storm Gordon swamped South Florida on its way to the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center ended a tropical storm warning late Monday for a region that included South Florida, spanning from Miami-Dade County to Bonita Beach on the state's west coast.

The storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

Gordon grew in size and achieved tropical-storm-force winds remarkably fast.

Early Tuesday morning, winds from Gordon clocked in at 65 miles an hour as it centered 280 miles east and southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue through Tuesday as the storm intensified but moved away from central Florida, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Norman. The area has already been heavily impacted by this summer's so-called "red tide"- massive algae blooms that have caused waves of dead marine life to wash up along the coast.

Tropical Storm Gordon is continuing its push toward the northern Gulf Coast. Still, the southeastern part of the state remains under a tropical storm warning and residents need to be prepared for the storm to shift west, Edwards said.

Tropical Storm Gordon spaghetti models are showing a westward track as it moves across Florida, and we're expecting winds and rain in Sebastian and Vero Beach.

Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited. It predicts rising waters of 3 to 5 feet in an area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.

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

A Hurricane Watch is in effect from the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida Border.

Florence was moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. It is about 1,205 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and about 1,300 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles.

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