Tropical Storm Gordon: Where it's headed and the North Texas impact

In the meantime, the tropical storm is pelting south Florida, the Florida Keys with heavy rain and wind.

The National Hurricane Center warned of high winds around parts of Florida as the storm passed over the southern tip of the state on Monday morning. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour and the system is moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

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. There is also a high risk of rip currents at area beaches on both coasts through Tuesday from Tropical Storm Gordon.

September is the peak of hurricane season, and the National Hurricane Center is also watching Tropical Storm Florence, which is about 895 miles west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands with 60 mph winds. As of the 8pm update winds are sustained around 60 miles per hour. Red flags flew over Pensacola-area beaches in Florida's Panhandle, where swimming and wading in the Gulf of Mexico was prohibited.

More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power on Monday as a result of the weather.


If this storm is able to form, it will take likely take the name Gordon. It is likely that a Tropical Storm Watch will go in effect for the Northern Gulf of Mexico soon. At the start of August, hurricane experts at Colorado State University said that conditions in the Atlantic - cooler than average ocean surface temperatures and varying wind speeds in the atmosphere - have diminished the chances of a hurricane striking the USA during the remainder of the hurricane season, which goes until November 30.

A hurricane watch is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River, MS, to the Alabama-Florida border, since Gordon could possibly become a category 1 hurricane before landfall. The Gulf regions would face continuous rainfalls in the coming days due to the movement of the hurricane storm through the region.

Parts of the Louisiana and MS coasts were under a hurricane warning as fast-developing Tropical Storm Gordon swamped South Florida on its way to the northern Gulf of Mexico.

In the next 48 to 72 hours, some areas in the heartland of the country could see as much as half a foot of rain.

Some minor storm surge could occur along the gulf coast as well.


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