Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon threatens South Florida

A hurricane warning was raised late Monday morning for the area between the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border.

Tropical Storm Florence loses some strength this afternoon, but it continues to move westward into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The storm is now threatening the Florida Panhandle and Gulf Coast with rain, wind and waves. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts are possible today across portions of South Florida and the Keys. At one point, it was given an 80% chance of cyclone formation within 48 hours.

Gordon was expected to strengthen in the Gulf.

The National Weather Service said current conditions were "somewhat favorable" for tornadoes in affected parts of South Florida on Monday. The threat of tropical storm forced winds is low in the ArkLaTex. The overall amounts, however, are not unlike what we see on many summer days, just more widespread.

There is a limited threat of flooding due to heavy rain with very gusty winds possible to the right of the track. By the time Gordon makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast, it is likely to be hurricane.

The disturbance is now disorganized and poses little chance of development due to unfavorable upper level winds. There, a tropical depression could form, and then a tropical storm. The track of this system is uncertain after Tuesday.

In August, both agencies updated the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season outlook, predicting a below-normal season with an additional 5-9 named storms. "Coastal flood advisories or warnings may be needed late Monday through midweek".

Palm Beach County is under a significant weather advisory until 10 a.m. with National Weather Service meteorologists warning of strong thunderstorms east of Lantana bringing wind gusts of up to 55 miles per hour and the possibility of funnel clouds.

Meanwhile, Florence continued to strengthen and as of Sunday morning had winds of 60 miles per hour.

Gordon's winds and rain come just two weeks after Monroe County began a $49.2 million project to remove tons of debris left by Hurricane Irma a year ago in canals in the Keys. Forecasters expect scattered thunderstorms throughout the area.

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