Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

2 named storms now in the Atlantic; should we be anxious?

2 named storms now in the Atlantic; should we be anxious?

As of 9 a.m., Gordon was 60 miles southwest of Miami moving west-northwest at about 17 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph.

Tropical Storm Gordon, after forming on Monday morning near Key Largo, was moving northwest into the Gulf of Mexico.

Storm surges from 3 to 5 feet are expected from Shell Beach to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and from 2 to 4 feet from Navarre, Fla., to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and from Shell Beach to the mouth of Mississippi River.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for portions of the central Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida line westward to almost Morgan City, Louisiana.

In addition, "a couple of tornadoes are possible through tonight across the southern and west-central Florida Peninsula", said the NHC.

As of 11 a.m.EDT, there were no watches or warnings on Anna Maria Island related to Tropical Storm Gordon.

The system is expected to become a tropical storm by Monday evening, at which point it will be named Gordon.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East (FPA) has closed 21 floodgates on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans. Some computer models suggest a weaker storm, while other suggest it reaches hurricane force winds.

The storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

A tropical storm warning is in place from the Florida-Alabama border west to Louisiana. Sustained winds could peak at 30 to 35 miles per hour with gusts over 40 miles per hour in parts of coastal Lee and Collier Counties late Monday afternoon and Monday evening.

We will continue to keep you updated on the forecast for Tropical Storm Gordon online and on the WMAZ Facebook page. Last year's hurricane season battered the southern USA states and Puerto Rico, killing thousands and causing hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of damage. Rain totals will be lower as one moves northeastward into South Georgia. The storm was moving west-northwest at 18 miles per hour (30 kph).

Tropical Storm Florence is also looming in the open waters of the Atlantic and shouldn't pose a threat as it meanders over the open waters.

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