HOLT, Fla., Sept. 4, 2018—Tropical storm impacts are expected to begin along the coast as early as midday today with conditions deteriorating inland this afternoon into tonight according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for coastal Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties and all of Escambia County.
A few tornadoes are possible this afternoon along the coast and across the entire area tonight, according to the NWS.
Additionally, Navarre to Dauphin Island, Ala., including Mobile Bay can expect a 2-to-4-foot storm surge.
Today’s forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain with 100 percent tonight and 50 percent tomorrow.
The National Hurricane Center expects Tropical Storm Gordon to become a hurricane sometime this afternoon.
Gordon is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph.
The center of Gordon will move across the eastern Gulf of Mexico today and will approach the north-central Gulf Coast within the warning area late this afternoon or evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center.
Meanwhile, while all eyes are on Gordon, Tropical Storm Florence is forecast to make a northeast turn and hurricane model plots continue to show the storm remaining in the Atlantic Ocean.
Winds are at 70 mph and some strengthening is possible sometime after the five-day forecast period, according to the NHC.
And while the two named storms are the focus, the next tropical wave is making its way across the lower Atlantic.
This system, located a few hundred miles south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands, is forecast to move slowly west-to-west-northwest across the eastern tropical Atlantic for the next several days.
Although this disturbance continues to produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms, environmental conditions are expected to gradually become more favorable for further development.
A tropical depression is likely to form by late this week or this weekend.
The NHC gives this system a 70 percent chance of further formation during the next five days.