Last year, hurricanes walloped Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing thousands of deaths, hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures.
A hurricane warning remained in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida border, as did a tropical storm warning for the Alabama-Florida border to the Okaloosa-Walton County line.
The storm is expected to expected to pass over the Florida Keys before noon Monday as it heads into the Gulf. If this storm is able to form, it will take likely take the name Gordon. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 miles per hour. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
The storm is forecast to unleash multiple hazards along the coast, including torrential rain, strong winds, and a storm surge of up to several feet, which is a rise in ocean water above normally dry coastal land. It was moving relatively quickly, at about 15 miles per hour (25 kph). High upper level wind shear is keeping it from organizing further, but once the system hits the Gulf of Mexico, conditions are right for tropical development.
Later this week, the remnants of Gordon are forecast to merge with a cold front in the Midwest and bring more rain and flooding to Arkansas and Missouri. Port St. Joe and Apalachicola could see as much as 2 inches.
Spotty to scattered showers will increase on Wednesday and Thursday as Tropical Storm Gordon's leftovers weaken well to our west.
A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. The risk is enhanced Monday afternoon near the Atlantic coastline from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach where stronger individual thunderstorms may develop and move ashore. But that is supposed to change when the disturbance, which is moving west-northwest, enters the Gulf of Mexico. It was downgraded to a tropical depression later in the day.
Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters.
Beaches around Mobile, Alabama, were being washed by storm-driven waves on Tuesday morning, said Stephen Miller, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. It drenched Florida on Labor Day, forcing officials in Miami and the Florida Panhandle to close beaches due to rough surf and potential rip currents.
It added, "Tides above normal can be expected Monday through midweek". A Flood Watch is in effect for those same counties through Monday evening.