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Tropical Storm Florence: Where is it and where is it going?

Tropical Storm Florence: Where is it and where is it going?

While it is moving steadily away from Floridas coast, it is expected to strengthen over the next 36 hours to be near-hurricane strength when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

We continue to track Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 south of Florida Monday morning. The center issued storm surge warnings from Shell Beach, La.to the MS border with Alabama. Gordon may travel into Arkansas by early Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Southern Florida and parts of the Gulf Coast could see 3 to 6 inches of rain, and locally southern Florida could see up to 8 inches of rain.

There are no watches and warnings in effect as Florence is in the open waters right now. "Gordon is expected to bring life-threatening storm surge to portions of the central Gulf Coast". Heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding.

No oil refinery production has been shut in the Gulf due to the storm, but plants were securing loose items to prevent damage from the winds.

As of midday Monday, almost 2 million people were under hurricane watches and storm surge warnings, and over 13 million people were under tropical storm warnings.

Gordon was expected to strengthen in the Gulf.

The tropics are getting active just in time for the peak of Atlantic hurricane season on September 10.

The threat of Tropical Storm Gordon has forced the cancellation of a Labor Day fireworks show on Anna Maria Island. Under the current forecast impacts in the panhandle would be.

At 5 p.m. EDT Sunday, Florence had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85kph) with higher gusts.

Wright said some roadways were partially flooded as the rain came down hard in the area.

A tropical wave over the southern Bahamas will be moving northwest into the Gulf by tomorrow. "Coastal flood advisories or warnings may be needed late Monday through midweek". A tropical storm warning was also in effect from the Okaloosa-Walton County border west to Morgan City, Louisiana.

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