Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida

Gordon's winds of almost 50 miles per hour was on the lower end of a tropical storm's intensity, but still brought bursts of powerful wind late Monday.

Rain bands and gusty winds from Tropical Storm Gordon swept across South Florida on Monday morning and the biggest impact appeared to be power outages.

Although there will be a break in the activity Monday morning, rounds of showers and storms begin to move through starting in the afternoon.

The storm was expected to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico, and reach the central Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana late on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. Another tropical storm, dubbed Florence, is churning roughly 1,500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.

Florence was moving toward the west-northwest near 16mph and maximum sustained winds of 50mph with higher gusts late on Sunday evening.

The National Hurricane Center has named the seventh tropical storm for the 2018 Atlantic season, Tropical Storm Gordon.

A hurricane watch has been issued for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches.

And in the eastern Pacific, neither Hurricane Norman nor Tropical Storm Olivia is forecast to affect any land areas.

"It looks like for the next three or four days we're going to be having to really watch close", Graham said, "and remember if you're even inland you can get some of these heavy rainfall totals so now is the time to be prepared". Tropical Storm warnings have been issued from the Alabama-Florida border westward to East of Morgan City, Louisiana.

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

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. Since the storm will have weakened, the main threats for North Texas will be heavy, tropical rains.

The Miami-based center said the storm is also expected to bring "life-threatening" storm surge to portions of the central Gulf Coast.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased slightly to near 50 miles per hour (85 kph) with higher gusts.

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