Potential tropical cyclone expected to move through the Florida Keys on Monday


"Little change in strength is forecast during the next few days", the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. There also a Tropical Storm warning from the Alabama-Florida border to Morgan City, Louisiana.

As of 11 a.m., Gordon was located about 60 miles west-northwest of Key Largo, Florida.

Storm surges from 3 to 5 feet are expected from Shell Beach to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and from 2 to 4 feet from Navarre, Fla., to the Mississippi-Alabama border, and from Shell Beach to the mouth of Mississippi River.

Hurricane warnings are now in effect until further notice for coastal MS and tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the rest of the viewing area.

Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.

While the first half of the Atlantic Hurricane season (June - August) was less active than predicted, the second half of the season has already produced three tropical waves.

Maximum sustained winds are near 30 miles per hour (45 km/h) with higher gusts. There were no immediate indications that the storm had so far affected energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico area.

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Volusia and Flagler counties are not expected to see the worst of the tropical storm's rain. This rainfall may cause flooding.

A satellite image of tropical storm Gordon as it approaches Florida. The system is producing a large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms and the hurricane center said some slow development of this new system is possible during the next several days while it moves westward across the eastern tropical Atlantic.

According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, the system will move across South Florida on Monday.

The U.S. Coast Guard also warned that the ports of New Orleans as well as Gulfport and Pascagoula, Miss., may have to close within 48 hours when gale force winds from Gordon are expected to arrive.

Weather forecasters have issued storm warnings for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys. The official track by the National Hurricane Center predicts a landfall between Bay St. Louis and Gulfport early Wednesday morning as of the 4pm Monday advisory.

Several storm systems will bring flash flooding to the eastern US from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes.