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Tropical Moisture Lingers, TS Gordon Moves On

Tropical moisture lingers over South Florida on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Gordon moves on to an overnight landfall along the northern Gulf coast.  Here at home, Tuesday features some passing showers and a few storms in the morning, especially along the east coast.  Then we’ll see sun, clouds, and the usual afternoon showers and storms, with heightened activity at Gulf coast locations and in the interior.  A high risk of rip currents remains in place at the Atlantic beaches through Tuesday at least.  Highs on Tuesday will be mostly in the upper 80s.
Wednesday will bring a shift to a more typical weather pattern, with a few early east coast showers, sun and clouds in the morning, and afternoon showers and storms, especially in western areas.  Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Thursday will see more of the same — a few early showers, sun and clouds in the morning, and sea breeze showers and storms in the afternoon.  Thursday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Some tropical moisture starts to work its way in on Friday, so look for more widespread showers and storms.  Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Saturday will feature more clouds and passing showers and storms.  Highs on Saturday will be near 90 degrees.
Tropical Storm Gordon has strengthened.  At 5 am EDT Tuesday, Gordon was located near 27.7 North, 85.7 West, or about 230 miles east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River.  Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour.  Gordon was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour.  A hurricane warning is in effect from the Alabama – Florida line westward to the mouth of the Pearl River.  Tropical storm warnings extend into part of the Florida panhandle and westward to the Morgan City, Louisiana area.  Expect dangerous storm surge, damaging winds, and heavy rain in the warning areas, with conditions deteriorating rapidly during the afternoon hours on Tuesday.
Elsewhere in the tropics, Tropical Storm Florence is nearly at hurricane strength.  At 5 am Tuesday, Florence was located near 19.3 North, 42.0 West, and was moving west-northwest at 13 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 70 miles per hour.  And we’re watching the wave in the eastern Atlantic that now has a medium chance of developing into a depression by the weekend
Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.