Hurricane watch issued for Alabama Gulf Coast

Tropical depression may form in the Gulf of Mexico this week

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Florence continues to hold steady over the eastern Atlantic, about 980 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands.

Tropical storm warnings were raised for portions of South Florida, from Golden Beach to Bonita Beach, and for the Keys from Craig Key to Ocean Reef, including Florida Bay.

The storm was moving at 16 mph west-northwest with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, which is 5 mph higher than the forecast three hours earlier.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Tropical Storm Gordon will form off the coast of Southwest Florida on Monday.

Weather forecasters have issued storm warnings for portions of South Florida and the Florida Keys.

The tropics are getting active just in time for the peak of Atlantic hurricane season on September 10. Under the current forecast impacts in the panhandle would be.

Southern Florida is expected to be hit with heavy rains and winds on Labor Day.

Strong wind gusts, battering waves, above-normal tides, minor coastal flooding, flash flooding and a couple of isolated tornadoes and waterspouts will be the main threats from the storm, AccuWeather said. Conditions look favorable for tropical storm development as the system moves towards the north central Gulf coast. A storm surge watch was extended eastward from the border to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning was extended eastward to the Okaloosa-Walton county line.

As of Monday morning, September 3, Tropical Storm Florence had sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and was moving west/northwest at 16 miles per hour. Gordon likely makes landfall as a tropical storm near the Louisiana/Mississippi border.

In addition to wind and storm surge, Gordon could drop as much as 6 inches of rain across Louisiana and Mississippi.

Once the low pressure area "closes off" it will become either a tropical depression or even a tropical storm.

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