Heat not going away; spotty rain chances this week

UPDATE: Gusty showers hitting southern Palm Beach County as Gordon passes

After forming near the Florida Keys Monday morning and moving west-northwest into the Gulf of Mexico, Gordon brought winds of almost 50 miles per hour and sometimes heavy rains over Tampa Bay by midday.

High pressure of the Appalachians will help to guide the storm further to our west, which is great news for us here in Middle Georgia, but bad news in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi. The region could see rising waters of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 metres).

As Tropical Storm Gordon makes a beeline toward the central Gulf coast, hurricane development isn't out of the question.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 5 p.m. EDT advisory that it expects Gordon to be a hurricane when it reaches coastal MS and Louisiana sometime late Tuesday. Also new with this update, a Hurricane Warning has been issued from the mouth of the Pearl River over to the Alabama-Florida border.

At 11 p.m. Monday, the storm is continuing a west-northwestward to northwestward motion.

"Rapid weakening is expected after Gordon moves inland, " the hurricane center said.

Storm Gordon is now battering South Florida with powerful gusts and heavy rain and it is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall just east of Louisiana.

For everyone else, the mayor is urging them to stock up on supplies, and shelter in place. Some areas may get winds as high as 73 miles per hour depending on how much the storm grows before it makes landfall.

Areas under a storm surge watch and storm surge warning.

At Lowdermilk Park, the beach was almost empty despite there being no signs of red tide.

The storm is threatening the Florida Panhandle, and Alabama and Louisiana coasts with rain, wind and waves. In St. Tammany Parish, a line of cars reached between 20 and 25 vehicles long at times.

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The Florida Keys have already experienced the heavy rain and wind from the tropical storm.

The storm could still pump up to a hurricane before making landfall Tuesday night.

Jake Wilson told WEAR-TV that the strong wind was bringing a lateral current "where it's just going to push you down the beach".

The storm was forecast to come ashore late on Sep.

A hurricane watch - meaning that hurricane conditions are possible - was put into effect for the area stretching from the mouth of the Pearl River in MS to the Alabama-Florida border.

A storm surge warning was posted for the north central Gulf Coast from Shell Beach, La.to Dauphin Island, Ala.

Tornado threat is possible, but the risk appears limited.

More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power on Monday as a result of the weather.

The storm is expected to cross from southwest Florida into the Gulf Coast later Monday afternoon.

"Right now, according to @NHC_Atlantic, the biggest impact to our state will be heavy rain, but in Florida, we know how quickly weather can change", he said.

There is a Storm Surge Watch in effect for the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

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