Tropical storm warning in place for the US Gulf Coast

Tropical storm warning in place for the US Gulf Coast

Tropical storm warning in place for the US Gulf Coast

Florence was moving toward the west-northwest near 16 miles per hour, with and maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour with higher gusts late Sunday evening, according to the hurricane center's 5 a.m. update.

"Flights into and out of Miami and Fort Myers area airports could face delays and cancellations on Monday", AccuWeather Meteorologist Faith Eherts told AccuWeather.

A storm surge watch is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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.

Elsewhere, forecasters say, storm are expected to develop over the nation's midsection in coming days that could dump from 3 to 7 inches (8-17 centimeters) of rain in some areas. "This warning replaces the hurricane Watch and tropical storm warning for this area".

Tropical Storm Gordon formed as of 7am CT this morning as expected. Although the track of the system is uncertain, a more westward track toward East Texas may help to increase Central Texas' rain chances late next week.

The storm should make landfall with winds of about 60 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday. The storm is on track to continue moving west-northwest toward the island of Bermuda through Thursday morning. A storm surge watch was extended to the western Florida Panhandle.

The National Weather Service reported that Tropical Storm Gordon was bringing maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour in South Florida just before 9:30 a.m. But that is supposed to change when the disturbance, which is moving west-northwest, enters the Gulf of Mexico. With the peak of hurricane season upon us, now is the time to get prepared. "Coastal flood advisories or warnings may be needed late Monday through midweek".

Working our way west, we next encounter Tropical Storm Florence.

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