Gordon becomes latest tropical storm moving toward New Orleans

Muriel Hammond
September 4, 2018

Gordon passed over the Upper Keys in South Florida on Monday morning as it slid into the Gulf of Mexico.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

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.

The Miami-based center said Sunday afternoon that a storm system is brewing about 240 miles (385 kilometers) east-southeast of Marathon in the Florida Keys.

Florida's governor asks residents and visitors to be vigilant about the storm.

Pressure was 1009 mb and movement was west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

Gordon is the seventh named tropical storm or hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year.

While the 2018 hurricane season has been a quiet one for the Cape Fear coast so far, September - and even October (Hurricane Hazel in 1954) - has historically been a busy time for tropical weather systems to menace the Wilmington area.

Elsewhere, a patch of bad weather off the African coast formed into Tropical Storm Florence early Saturday morning but is not expected to reach hurricane strength or threaten the United States. The storm is now threatening the Florida Panhandle and Gulf Coast with rain, wind and waves.

A storm surge warning is in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River. A storm surge warning has been issued for the area stretching from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama. No impacts from the system are expected for eastern Carolina. Isolated tornadoes are possible.

The National Weather Service said that Naples, Marco Island, and Everglades City in Florida were among the locations that could expect hazardous weather over the next 36 hours. It's expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast by Tuesday night.

While it is still too early to pinpoint the exact landfall point, southeast Louisiana from the mouth of the MS all the way to Pensacola, FL lie in the cone of uncertainty with this system. Since the storm will have weakened, the main threats for North Texas will be heavy, tropical rains. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for a portion of the Mississippi-Alabama border.

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

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