HOLT, Fla., Sept. 3, 2018–Tropical Storm Gordon has formed near the Upper Florida Keys according to the National Hurricane Center.
Surface observations from the Florida Keys and radar data indicate that Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven has become Tropical Storm Gordon, with maximum sustained winds of around 45 mph.
Gordon is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph and a west-northwest-to- northwest motion is expected during the next 72 hours.
On the forecast track, the center of Gordon will pass over the southern tip of the Florida peninsula this morning, move over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico this afternoon and evening, and reach the warning area along the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday night.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued from the Alabama/Mississippi state line west to east of Morgan City, La., including Lake Pontchartrain.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.
Water could reach 1-to-2 feet above ground in Destin if the peak surge occurs at high tide, according to the NHC.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is en route to investigate Gordon’s structure and intensity.
The NHC estimates Gordon’s wind strength to be 60 mph by landfall.
Meanwhile, the tropical wave located more than 400 miles southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms.
Some slow development of this disturbance is possible during the next several days while the system moves west-to-west-northwestward across the eastern tropical Atlantic.
Formation chance through the next five days has increased to 30 percent.