Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

Potential tropical storm heads toward US Gulf Coast, Florida

Potential tropical storm heads toward US Gulf Coast, Florida

The National Weather Service said that Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City in Florida were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed Monday morning near the Keys in southern Florida.

While the 2018 hurricane season has been a quiet one for the Cape Fear coast so far, September - and even October (Hurricane Hazel in 1954) - has historically been a busy time for tropical weather systems to menace the Wilmington area.

BOOKMARK The Palm Beach Post's storm tracking map here.

Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said. You'll notice a stiff wind from the east at 10-20 miles per hour with gusts to around 25 miles per hour.

Maximum sustained winds of the unnamed system have been clocked at 30mph and the system is moving west-northwest at 15mph.

Tropical storm-force winds extend 45 miles from the center.

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The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from the mouth of the Pearl River, which separates southern MS from the easternmost part of Louisiana, to the Alabama-Florida border.

NOAA's GOES-East satellite images show Tropical Storm Gordon over South Florida, valid as of 9 a.m. More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power Monday due to weather conditions.

Forecast models take the track of this system through the Florida Keys early Monday morning, with heavy rain and gusty winds impacting the Miami area on the north side of the organizing wave early Monday.

See the top 15 Hurricane Irma moments here. The official 5-day forecast for Florence tops it out at 65 miles per hour.

Later this week, the remnants of Gordon are forecast to merge with a cold front in the Midwest and bring more rain and flooding to Arkansas and Missouri.

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.

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