Tropical Storm Gordon track expected to bring winds to Sebastian, Vero Beach

The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected "to bring life-threatening" hurricane conditions to parts of the central Gulf Coast.

It is forecast to come ashore on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS, and drop as much as 8 inches of rain in some areas of the US South, which is still recovering from hurricanes a year ago. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were expected to continue through Tuesday as the storm intensified but moved away from central Florida, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dustin Norman.

In Sebastian and Vero Beach, Tropical Storm Gordon will likely bring wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour and scattered thunderstorms.

Gordon had formed into a tropical storm near the Florida Keys early Monday, hitting South Florida with heavy rains and high winds before moving into the Gulf of Mexico. A storm surge watch spread west to the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana, and east to Navarre, Florida.

This is good, because the less amount of time it spends over the open Gulf, the less time it has to strengthen in a low shear environment and over the very warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for Grand Isle, Louisiana and schools have also closed for September 4th in Grand Isle. Hurricane center experts still expect it to move northwest before it comes anywhere near Florida as it travels around the western edge of an area of high pressure. Gordon has intensified with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and continues to have an improved structure on satellite and radar (see Fig. 1).

The worst conditions are expected to arrive along the north central Gulf Coast by late afternoon Tuesday and, especially, Tuesday evening.

In a tweet, Miami Beach Police advised residents and visitors that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

A tropical storm warning and a storm surge watch are in effect for Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties and parishes in southeast Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service in New Orleans.

A slow weakening trend is expected on Tuesday.

"The main source of uncertainty in the track forecast is exactly when and to what extent Florence will make this turn", NHC hurricane specialist David Zelinsky in his forecast.

More than 4,000 Florida Power & Light customers lost power on Monday as a result of the weather.

The center said in its 8:30 a.m. EDT advisory that the storm was centered 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Key Largo and 85 miles (135 kilometers) southeast of Marco Island.

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