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2 named storms now in the Atlantic; should we be anxious?

2 named storms now in the Atlantic; should we be anxious?

Gordon's winds were already up to 50 miles per hour in the last hurricane center update at 1 p.m. CDT Monday.

Well out into the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Florence continues to move west-northwestward as it flirts with hurricane strength.

Tropical Storm Warnings have been posted for parts of south Florida and much of the Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana coastlines ahead of Gordon.

Gordon is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 50-100 mm over the central and northwestern Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and South Florida through early Tuesday.

Sustained winds this morning at Palm Beach International Airport have been running about 9 to 20 mph, with a 21 mph gust recorded before 2 a.m. Miami International Airport reported gusts of up to 35 mph before 9 a.m.

The warning is related to potential Tropical Cyclone 7 which, if it organizes into a tropical storm, will become Tropical Storm Gordon.

People fish as rain and wind are whipped up by Tropical Storm Gordon on September 3, 2018, in Miami. This is a fast moving storm, which means that the impacts will be slightly less than if it was a system that moved slowly bringing constant high winds and storm surge to the coast. It is forecast to reach the central Gulf Coast by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

"Rapid weakening is expected after Gordon moves inland, " the hurricane center said. The region could see rising waters of 3 to 5 feet.

Gordon should make landfall Tuesday night along or near the MS coast (see Fig. 4).

Gordon, the seventh named storm of the season, is expected to strengthen further as it travels over sea-surface temperatures for the next three days, Stewart said.

Areas under a storm surge watch and storm surge warning. The track of the storm stays well to our south and west.

"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the center said.

The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend.

The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network will continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Gordon and provide updates in this story, via our Facebook and Twitter accounts, or in the mobile app Florida Storms.