Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon Is Real Rainmaker For South Florida

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A warning means the expected conditions (winds greater that 74 mph for hurricanes and winds greater than 39 mph for tropical storm-force winds) are likely within the next 36 hours.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed in the Florida Keys on Labor Day morning on its path into the Gulf Of Mexico.

Miami Beach police told residents on Twitter that Monday was "NOT".

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.

It was moving west-northwest at 15 miles per hour and was forecast to pass over the Florida Keys Monday afternoon, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening and reach the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday night. About 2 million people are under a hurricane watch or warning.

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

Tropical Storm Gordon may become a hurricane as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico toward Louisiana and New Orleans, potentially causing issues for natural gas and oil production as it brushes the eastern edge of offshore energy fields.

The storm, which was lashing South Florida with heavy rain and strong winds, was located 60 miles west-northwest of Key Largo; or 50 miles south-southeast of Marco Island. It will likely strengthen a bit, but still stay a tropical storm.

"It looks like for the next three or four days we're going to be having to really watch close", Graham said, "and remember if you're even inland you can get some of these heavy rainfall totals so now is the time to be prepared".

Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.* Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River. A storm surge warning was issued from the Shell Beach, Louisiana area to the Mississippi-Alabama border. As much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday. The official track by the National Hurricane Center predicts a landfall between Bay St. Louis and Gulfport early Wednesday morning as of the 4pm Monday advisory. Chances that the wave will turn into a tropical storm remain low. As it approached the upper Florida Keys, it strengthened and was reclassified.

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