FIRST ALERT: Tropical Storm Gordon remains to our South, Florence now a hurricane

Von Gaskin's Sept. 4 noon forecast
Published: Aug. 29, 2018 at 3:37 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2018 at 12:08 PM EDT
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(WIS) - WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Florence is now a hurricane with winds of 75mph

  • Tropical Storm Gordon may become a hurricane before landfall later today on the Gulf coast

  • Above average temps will continue this week

  • Daytime high temperatures will continue in the middle 90s, but it will feel like the triple digits.

The tropics are starting to heat up! After what was a very quiet season so far, there are now two separate systems that the WIS First Alert Weather Team is watching.

Tropical Storm Gordon formed near the Upper Florida Keys on Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

We will see a bit more clouds and breezy conditions thanks to Tropical Storm Gordon to our south.

Tropical Storm Gordon now has winds of 65 mph and is moving WNW at 17 mph.

It's 280 miles ESE of the Mississippi River. Gordon is moving quickly to the WNW. This is good news for rain and flooding as there should not be a major issue. However, flooding will still take place in many areas and rainfall will be heavy. It may have just enough time over the open water to become a Cat 1 Hurricane later today.

Florence is now a Hurricane with winds of 75 mph. The storm is well out in the Atlantic and High pressure will keep the storm away from the US for now.

A hurricane watch is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River, MS, to the Alabama-Florida border, since Gordon could possibly become a category 1 hurricane before landfall.

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A tropical storm warning is in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton county line in Florida to just east of Morgan City, LA, including Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas, LA; and Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, FL, including Florida Bay and Ocean Reef.

A storm surge warning has been issued from Shell Beach, LA, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Forecasters have also issued a storm surge watch from west of Shell Beach, LA, to the mouth of the Mississippi River, and from east of the Mississippi-Alabama border to Navarre, FL

It's forecast to impact portions of the Central Gulf Coast by Thursday of next week.

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The latest forecast is for Florence to continue its track towards the Central Atlantic and stay away from land. We'll be watching it over the next 5-10 days.

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