Gordon could reach hurricane strength by landfall


This area is now included in the tropical storm warning. (National Hurricane Center)

HOLT, Fla., Sept. 3, 2018—The National Hurricane Center has extended the tropical storm warning to the Okaloosa/Walton county line when the forecast track was adjusted a little to the right of the previous advisory track.

Additionally, Gordon could peak as a category 1 hurricane after 36 hours, just before landfall along the central Gulf Coast.

Because of this, a hurricane watch has been issued from the Mouth of the Pearl River in Louisiana to the Alabama-Florida Border.

Gordon is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph and a west-northwest-to-northwest motion is expected during the next 72 hours.

The center of Gordon is expected to emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by early afternoon and reach the warning area along the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 36-to-48 hours.

A storm surge watch is in effect east of the Mississippi-Alabama border to Navarre.

NHC forecast

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