Gordon may hit Gulf Coast as hurricane after nightfall


There is lingering tropical moisture that Gordon left behind, and as the day progresses and heats up after sunrise, it will create rain storms. It is moving northwest at 15 miles per hour. As Gordon moves away from Floridas west coast, forecasters said it will pull deep tropical moisture into the region during the afternoon, producing scattered thunderstorms that will gradually dissipate later in the evening.

Gordon's expected to be a quick moving storm with heavy rains and possible tornadoes.

Out in the Atlantic, Florence has become the third hurricane of the Atlantic season.

Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall as a hurricane.

Heavy rainfall from Gordon likely will affect an area from the Louisiana coast through the Florida Panhandle and inland along the storm's track, according to the hurricane center.

Earlier, NHC said that Gordon strengthened some in the final hours as it neared the central Gulf Coast, clocking top sustained winds of 110 kph.

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Forecasters say little change in strength is expected in coming days and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

The National Weather Service has posted flash flood watches for parts of southeastern Louisiana, southern and central MS, far southeastern Arkansas, southwestern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. Additionally the National Hurricane Center is reporting Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges to portions of the central Gulf Coast, with surge warnings issued for the mouth of the Pearl River to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Last year, powerful hurricanes walloped Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars worth of damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures.

He added: "Right now Tropical Storm warnings in effect and Hurricane warnings to our east along the Mississippi Gulf Coast".

Gordon is predicted to hit near the Louisiana/Mississippi border late on Tuesday or early Wednesday, with the hurricane warning stretching to the Alabama-Florida border. In this scenario, the storm could be forced west and move toward the eastern USA coast. You know you're going to flood before anyone else does.

No watches or warnings are now in effect. Dry air has been struggling with dry air and this dry Saharan Air Layer can negatively impact tropical cyclones by fostering enhanced cold downdrafts and lowering the convective available potential energy (CAPE) within tropical cyclones.

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