Potential Tropical Storm Heads Toward US Gulf Coast, Florida

Graphic illustration of Tropical Storm Florence at 5am on September 1

Graphic illustration of Tropical Storm Florence at 5am on September 1

Tropical Storm warnings have been issued from the Alabama-Florida border westward to East of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Tropical Storm Gordon, now off the coast of South Florida, will move northwest over the next three days. Rain totals greater than an inch will be possible in the western Big Bend areas near the coast with the possibility of locally higher amounts.

The National Weather Service reported that Tropical Storm Gordon was bringing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour in South Florida just before 9:30 a.m.

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

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm watch for the central U.S. Gulf Coast.

The storm was bringing heavy rain and some gusty winds to many areas in South Florida Monday morning.

The latest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed near south Florida.

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

The storm was forecast to come ashore late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches (20 cm) of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

Gordon was expected to strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico to almost hurricane-level winds before making landfall late on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane center said little change in strength is forecast over the next few days.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, the hurricane center said the potential tropical cyclone was producing maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour with higher gusts and moving north-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

Conditions appear to be conducive for development, and this system is expected to become a tropical depression by Monday morning. Some area in southern Florida may receives 8 inches.

'The heaviest rains (are) likely (Monday) morning, ' said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephen Konarik in Miami.

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