Tropical Storm Gordon Batters South Florida

Monitoring Tropical Wave Moving Toward Gulf

Monitoring Tropical Wave Moving Toward Gulf

At the moment the biggest concern would be the heavy rain threat on the eastern side of the storm leading to flash flooding.

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. It will likely strengthen a bit, but still stay a tropical storm.

Parts of the Gulf Coast could see 3 to 6 inches of rain and South Florida could see up to 8 inches of rain.

The National Hurricane Center reported that the storm could unleash "life-threatening" storm surge to portions of the central Gulf Coast.

There are hurricane watches out for the Alabama-Florida border, which states that hurricane force winds of 74-95mph are possible potentially making Gordon a category 1 hurricane. Its projected path moved further east on Monday, putting MS and Alabama under a hurricane warning.

Florence was moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Meanwhile, rainfall totals up to 150 mm are possible for southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana.

Sustained winds of tropical-storm-force are likely in the zone under a hurricane warning, with the possibility of hurricane-force gusts, over 74 miles per hour. Cruise Hive will monitor the growing Tropical Storm and will post updates which impact the cruise industry including ship itineraries and ports.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for portions of the central Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida line westward to almost Morgan City, Louisiana. Although the strongest winds - again, possibly at least 74 miles per hour as a low-end hurricane - will be at the center, gusty winds will be contained in the outer rain bands.

The Louisiana coastal town of Grand Isle has also issued a voluntary evacuation order.

At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide.

The weather delivered a blow to businesses during the holiday weekend. It is likely that a Tropical Storm Watch will go in effect for the Northern Gulf of Mexico soon. At this time, there is a 20% chance of formation over the next five days.

Even though South Mississippi prepared, most of our area was spared.

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. It drenched Florida on Labor Day, forcing officials in Miami and the Florida Panhandle to close beaches due to rough surf and potential rip currents.

Gordon is expected to dissipate by Saturday somewhere in the central U.S. The storm was expected to reach coastal Mississippi and Louisiana by late Tuesday and move inland over the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

Tropical Storm warnings are also in effect for the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Isolated tornadoes are possible. As it approached the upper Florida Keys, it strengthened and was reclassified.

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