Goodbye Gordon, but all eyes on eastern Atlantic

Posted: Sep 02, 2018 3:23 PM -04:00 Updated:

While Tropical Storm Gordon moves quickly away from Southwest Florida, the Atlantic continues to be active.

Tropical Storm Gordon this morning continues to gradually gain strength as it moves through the warm Gulf waters to the west-northwest. The current path shows just enough strengthening to potentially develop into a low-end Category 1 Hurricane just before making landfall along the northern Gulf Coast tonight.

 

We are less than one week away from the peak of Hurricane Season, and Gordon is just one storm that has developed as the Atlantic continues to wake up.

Tropical Storm Florence developed on Saturday, and for the past few days has remained in the East Atlantic, not impacting any landmasses. It has, however, started to take a more westward progression, instead of the northeast that was initially forecast. During that progression to the west-northwest it has continued to gain strength, and as of Tuesday morning was a strong tropical storm with winds up to 70 miles per hour. That strengthening will continue and should develop into a hurricane before the weekend is over.

 

With that westward movement, there is the concern that it could potentially move closer to the U.S. Mainland sometime next week, but even if that occurs, models are indicating that it could remain over 1000 miles away from southwest Florida. Count on the NBC2 Hurricane Tracking Team to alert you first of any forecast changes or developments.

We are also monitoring a tropical wave moving off the coast of western Africa this morning that will likely take on tropical characteristics and develop into a tropical storm within the next 5 to 7 days. We will continue to update you on this wave's developments.

 

 

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