Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida Keys

The National Hurricane Center along with the National Weather Service and we at KHOU are closely monitoring a tropical wave over Turks and Caicos islands that could bring very heavy rain to a portion of the gulf coast by the end of this coming week

The storm was forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS while dropping as much as 20 centimetres of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

Gordon is expected to continue on its current track or maybe a little more northwestward while continuing to strengthen, possibly near hurricane strength as it makes landfall.

The warning is related to potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which, if it organizes into a tropical storm, will become Tropical Storm Gordon. A warning means the expected conditions (winds greater that 74 mph for hurricanes and winds greater than 39 mph for tropical storm-force winds) are likely within the next 36 hours.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

Right now, maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour with higher gusts, according to the NHC.

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The National Hurricane Center says a tropical wave now over the Bahamas will move into the eastern Gulf Of Mexico on Labor Day and may strengthen as early as Tuesday. There will be very heavy rain which could lead to flood for parts of Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. If the tropical wave were to develop into a tropical storm, it would be named Gordon.

Gordon was generating winds of 80 km/h on Monday as it steamed west-northwest at 27 km/h, the National Hurricane Centre said.

The storm, which is now near the Bahamas, is moving north west towards the Gulf of Mexico. As Gordon tracks westward, we'll see a slight bump in storm chances but it won't be quite enough to break our current summer like weather pattern.

It added, "Tides above normal can be expected Monday through midweek". It urged residents to complete preparations for the storm today.

The storm is located about 605 miles (970 kilometers) west-northwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of western Africa.

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