Tropical storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

Tropical storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

Tropical storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

At 5 p.m., the disturbance was centered near latitude 22.7 North, longitude 77.3 West or about 275 east-south-east of Marathon, Florida. The storm is moving at a speed of 15mph with maximum sustained winds of approximately 30mph and stronger gusts. A storm surge watch is in effect for Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A tropical depression or tropical storm may form in the Northern Gulf of Mexico this week.

Although it is forecast to strengthen and possibly become a hurricane in the coming days, it is tracking away from land and should have little impact, forecasters said.

The threat of Tropical Storm Gordon has forced the cancellation of a Labor Day fireworks show on Anna Maria Island.

Activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Carribean is becoming very active as the peak of hurricane season is upon us.

Meanwhile, 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.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

AccuWeather meteorologists have said they can not rule out the potential for the system to become a hurricane in the Gulf.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

The storm was generating winds of 75 km/h on Monday as it steamed west-northwest at 26 km/h, National Hurricane Center Director Kenneth Graham said in a video briefing on Facebook. Isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches are possible over the southern Florida peninsula. Always remember these are not real forecasts, just current model guidance. The area has already been heavily impacted by this summer's so-called "red tide"- massive algae blooms that have caused waves of dead marine life to wash up along the coast.

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