Tropical Storm Florence edges closer

Tropical Storm Conditions and Heavy Rainfall Possible Over Portions of the Central Gulf Coast Tuesday Night and Wednesday

Tropical Storm Conditions and Heavy Rainfall Possible Over Portions of the Central Gulf Coast Tuesday Night and Wednesday

Florence was moving toward the west-northwest at 16 miles per hour and maximum sustained winds at 65 miles per hour with higher gusts on Monday morning.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch on Sunday for parts of the US Gulf of Mexico Coast as a potential tropical cyclone bringing heavy rains and strong winds was expected to hit the area this week.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Golden Beach to Bonita Beach and from Craig Key to Ocean Reef, including Florida Bay. So don't expect to dry out any time before the National Football League season starts next Sunday.

A Rip Current Statement has been issued for Panama City Beach warning of a high risk of rip currents through Wednesday.

Gordon, the seventh named storm of the season, was expected to form once it reached the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but spun up a little before the forecast predicted.

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The latest track from the National Hurricane Center continues this movement, and tracks Gordon generally towards New Orleans.

ABC11 Morning Meteorologist Don "Bigweather" Schwenneker said another disturbance near the Bahamas could develop into a system over the next few days, but Florence's impact remains far off.

As of 11 a.m. EDT Monday, a hurricane watch remained in effect from the Mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border. As of right now, it has not strengthened into a Tropical Depression or Storm.

Residents in parts of South Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana are being warned to prepare for tropical storm-force winds and possibly isolated tornadoes. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 45 miles per hour and the system is moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour. Since the storm will have weakened, the main threats for North Texas will be heavy, tropical rains.

Wind gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Fort Lauderdale, 49 mph in Pembroke Pines, and 51 mph in Opa-locka.

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