Tropical Storm Gordon: Where it's headed and the North Texas impact


Tropical storm warnings were in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton County border west to east of Morgan City, Louisiana.

Tropical Storm Gordon weakened into a depression on Wednesday but was dumping heavy rains that threatened to cause floods across several southern US states while Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm and could menace Bermuda.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Gulf Coast from the Florida-Alabama boarder to Louisiana. It was centered 330 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, as the storm moves west-northwest at 17 mph.

The National Weather Service says Gordon is expected to pass over the Florida Keys and the southern portion of the Florida peninsula Monday morning, reaching the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday or Tuesday evening.

Combined with the warm waters in the Gulf and around the Florida Keys, tropical development is highly likely in the next 48 hours.

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

A Hurricane Center forecast map showed the storm making landfall on Tuesday evening near the Alabama-Mississippi border. The Tropical Storm Gordon is reported to be approaching till this weekend around the mentioned areas and also expected to hit the central part of the U.S too. This storm continues to move in a west northwest direction at 17 miles per hour.

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More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power on Monday as a result of the weather. Tornadoes are also possible through Wednesday night over MS and western Alabama, it added.

Meanwhile, no coastal watches or warnings are in effect for Tropical Storm Florence.

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

"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

The highest risk of flash flooding extends into extreme southeastern and northeastern Louisiana and southeastern Arkansas. As it approached the upper Florida Keys, it strengthened and was reclassified.

In its 8 a.m. statement on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center warned the Bahamas disturbance now posed an 80 percent chance of tropical cyclone formation over the next five days, prompting the Tallahassee office to warn about rip currents and widespread showers and thunderstorms.