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Tropical Storm Gordon: Seventh named storm forms near South Florida

Tropical Storm Gordon: Seventh named storm forms near South Florida

A second tropical storm formed in the Atlantic basin Monday, but neither Florence or Gordon appears to be a threat to Southeastern North Carolina at this time.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday that Tropical Storm Gordon is likely to batter the region with heavy rains.

Miami Beach Police said via Twitter that the Labor Day holiday was "NOT a beach day", with rough surf and potential rip currents.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm is expected to move away from the southwestern Florida coast and reach coastal MS and Louisiana by late Tuesday. The center of the storm was located about 60 miles west-northwest of Key Largo, Florida.

As of 11 a.m.EDT, there were no watches or warnings on Anna Maria Island related to Tropical Storm Gordon.

Pressure was 1009 mb and movement was west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

"The tropical storm warning for the upper Florida Keys and from Golden Beach to Chokoloskee, including Florida Bay, has been discontinued", NHC said.

Gordon is set to move into the Gulf of Mexico over the next 24 hours, and maintain its strength as a tropical storm as it approaches the coast by midweek.

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For now it appears that flooding and storm surge will be the primary concerns for areas near landfall.

"It looks like for the next three or four days we're going to be having to really watch close", Graham said, "and remember if you're even inland you can get some of these heavy rainfall totals so now is the time to be prepared". The center issued storm surge warnings from Shell Beach, La.to the MS border with Alabama.

Winds are expected to remain at tropical storm status (39 to 73mph), and make landfall late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

A hurricane watch has been posted for the Gulf Coast from eastern Louisiana to the Florida-Alabama state line. Some area in southern Florida may receives 8 inches. Isolated tornadoes are possible.

A WNW to NW motion is expected over the next 72 hours.

The storm is expected to cross from southwest Florida into the Gulf Coast later Monday afternoon.

In addition to Florence, forecasters also were watching a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa.

The system is brewing about 175 miles (281 kilometers) east-southeast of Marathon in the Florida Keys.