Tropical Storm Gordon forms near Florida

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

Miami Beach police told residents on Twitter that Monday was "NOT". A storm surge warning was issued from the Shell Beach, Louisiana area to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for portions of the central Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida line westward to almost Morgan City, Louisiana. Gordon is expected to produce rain accumulations of 4 to 6 inches over southern Alabama, southern MS and Louisiana, with some isolated areas receiving up to 8 inches, through early Thursday. Isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches are possible over the southern Florida peninsula.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect across southern Florida from Miami to Naples. The system may potentially move ashore anywhere from East Louisiana to East Texas Wednesday or Thursday as a tropical depression or tropical storm.

No oil refinery production has been shut in the Gulf due to the storm, but plants were securing loose items to prevent damage from the winds.

The storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Gordon will likely move northwest through the Gulf of Mexico (high pressure over the east coast steers it that way). "We're a beach coffee shop, and if people can't go to the beach, then we won't get any customers".

In addition to Florence, forecasters also were watching a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa.

Adam Klotz has more on Tropical Storm Gordon. A storm surge watch is in place from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Navarre, Florida. "Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is forecast to become a tropical storm by tonight". There were no immediate indications that the storm had so far affected energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico area. A rip current risk warning is in effect from 8am Sunday through Monday evening.

Working our way west, we next encounter Tropical Storm Florence.

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