Tropical Storm Gordon Develops Monday Morning

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

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

The National Hurricane Center says a tropical wave now over the Bahamas will move into the eastern Gulf Of Mexico on Labor Day and may strengthen as early as Tuesday.

Additionally the National Hurricane Center is reporting Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges to portions of the central Gulf Coast, with surge warnings issued for the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

A hurricane watch - meaning that hurricane conditions are possible - was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

As far as the tropical system, expect it to strengthen in the Gulf as it moves away from Florida later today into tomorrow.

Conditions appear to be conducive for development, and this system is expected to become a tropical depression by Monday morning.

The local forecast shows the potential for a peak storm surge of 2 to 4 feet above ground in surge-prone areas through early Thursday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in place for portions of South Florida including Miami-Dade and the Keys since tropical storm conditions are now occurring in these areas.

"Any time you get a tropical cyclone in the Gulf production region there could be some disruption, " said Steve Silver, a senior meteorologist at Radiant Solutions in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Showers and thunderstorms are already ongoing in Louisiana, Texas, and MS with flash flood watches in place.

The storm may gain strength as it crosses the warm waters in the Gulf, Stewart said.

At 8 a.m. Monday, the storm had 45 miles per hour sustained winds.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles.

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Wind gusts from the storm were expected to hit Florida from Monday afternoon. The deluge could cause flash floodings in some areas. The threat of tropical storm forced winds is low in the ArkLaTex.

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