Tropical storm Gordon takes aim at Gulf Coast

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

NOAA satellite image was taken at 11:45 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, the system will move across South Florida on Monday.

Spaghetti models are in general agreement that Tropical Storm Gordon's projected path will move in a west-northwestward direction over the Gulf of Mexico and towards the Louisiana and MS coasts.

BOOKMARK The Palm Beach Post's storm tracking map here.

Now we must say first that this isn't a huge Hurricane "yet" but is still very unsafe indeed which should not be taken likely.

Right now, the storm is moving steadily northwest at a speed of about 16 miles per hour.

Sustained winds of tropical-storm-force are likely in the zone under a hurricane warning, with the possibility of hurricane-force gusts, over 74 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Gordon now has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving to the WNW at 17 miles per hour. Hurricane Hunter aircraft will be flying into the tropical wave on Monday.

The Miami-based center said in a statement Sunday evening that a storm surge watch has been issued from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton county line in Florida to just east of Morgan City, LA, including Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas, LA; and Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, FL, including Florida Bay and Ocean Reef.

There were around 4,800 customers without power in Miami-Dade and Broward counties on Monday, according to the Florida Power & Light Company.

Rain estimates in the 24 hours preceding 8 a.m.

Heavy rain and gusty winds have been seen in parts of south Florida and that will only increase as the storm moves further into the Gulf of Mexico.

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"We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide additional information to the Loyola community as warranted throughout the day tomorrow." said Warren in the email.

Later this week, the remnants of Gordon are forecast to merge with a cold front in the Midwest and bring more rain and flooding to Arkansas and Missouri. The Hurricane Center said isolated amounts could reach a foot, and that areas of flash flooding were expected between Tuesday and Wednesday.

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