Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida Keys


The seventh tropical storm in the Atlantic has officially been named.

The system is brewing about 175 miles (281 kilometers) east-southeast of Marathon in the Florida Keys. The storm is moving at a speed of 15mph with maximum sustained winds of approximately 30mph and stronger gusts.

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.

Tropical Storm Gordon, now off the coast of South Florida, will move northwest over the next three days.

A weather system becomes a tropical storm when winds reach 39 miles per hour.

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Gordon's winds and rain come just two weeks after Monroe County began a $49.2 million project to remove tons of debris left by Hurricane Irma previous year in canals in the Keys. Tropical-storm-force wind gusts will be possible Monday afternoon and evening across portions of south Florida and the Florida Keys. Last year's hurricane season battered the southern USA states and Puerto Rico, killing thousands and causing hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of damage.

And in the eastern Pacific, neither Hurricane Norman nor Tropical Storm Olivia is forecast to affect any land areas.

A Storm Surge Watch was also issued from the Mississippi-Alabama border westward to the Mouth of the Mississippi River.

The present movement shows the weather system moving west-northwest at 15mph.

Southern Florida is expected to be hit with heavy rains and winds on Labor Day.

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

"It looks like for the next three or four days we're going to be having to really watch close", Graham said, "and remember if you're even inland you can get some of these heavy rainfall totals so now is the time to be prepared".

In addition to Florence, forecasters also are watching a tropical wave located that's just emerged off the west coast of Africa.

Once this area of disturbed weather moves into the gulf, it should be organized enough that models will begin to have a better handle on its track over the coming days.

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