NHC: Tropical Storm Gordon likely to form Monday

Posted September 03, 2018

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The 5 p.m. advisory is out from the National Hurricane Center on Potential Tropical cyclone 7 and Brevard county could see heavy rains from the passing system through Tuesday.

As of 8 a.m., the storm was located about 480 miles west of the islands and had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, with higher gusts. This is a fast developing story and we will have updates as soon as we get new information.

There are now three tropical systems forecasters are watching on Monday morning.

Tropical storm warnings have been posted for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys, as well as portions of the northern Gulf Coast.

Gordon is expected to continue on its current track or maybe a little more northwestward while continuing to strengthen, possibly near hurricane strength as it makes landfall.

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The weather service also issued a tropical storm watch for the Alabama-Florida border Sunday afternoon.

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. It appears right now the primary concern will be for heavy rain and higher tides. A storm surge watch was extended eastward from the border to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning was extended eastward to the Okaloosa-Walton county line. Wind gusts of 48 miles per hour were recorded in Ft.

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

Tropical Storm Gordon formed near the Florida Keys early Monday, which means increased chances for a wet Labor Day afternoon and evening in Tampa Bay. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Much further east, we are still keeping very close watch on Tropical Storm Florence.