Disturbance near Keys likely to become Tropical Storm Gordon tonight, forecasters say

Disturbance near Keys likely to become Tropical Storm Gordon tonight, forecasters say

Disturbance near Keys likely to become Tropical Storm Gordon tonight, forecasters say

The weather service also issued a tropical storm watch for the Alabama-Florida border Sunday afternoon.

"Any strong tropical storm has the potential to strengthen to a hurricane even when that storm may only spend a day or two over warm waters", according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Gordon is forecast to pass over the Florida Keys on Monday, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening and reach the central Gulf Coast by late Tuesday.

The storm is forecasted to make landfall near New Orleans and continue to move northwest towards Texarkana through the end of the week.

Activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Carribean is becoming very active as the peak of hurricane season is upon us.

Gordon, the Atlantic's seventh storm, could graze the eastern edge of the off-shore oil and natural gas platforms. The change means that tropical storm conditions are next expected and not just possible in the warning area.

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The area from Navarre to the Alabama-Mississippi border should experience tides of 2-4 feet above normal.

Gordon could cause about $300 million in damage, mainly due to flooding along the Gulf coast, said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler with Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. "Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center".

Elsewhere, forecasters say, storm are expected to develop over the nation's midsection in coming days that could dump from 3 to 7 inches (8-17 centimeters) of rain in some areas. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Winds up to 45-50 miles per hour, heavy rainfall, and rip currents will be likely along the Gulf Coast from Northern Florida all the way to Louisiana Tuesday through Wednesday.

This is expected to move northwest over South Florida on Labor Day and into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday.

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