Potential Tropical Cyclone 7 Could Bring Heavy Labor Day Rains to Space Coast
By Space Coast Daily // September 2, 2018
Areas on the Space Coast could see one to two inches of rain
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA– The 5 p.m. advisory is out from the National Hurricane Center on Potential Tropical cyclone 7 and Brevard county could see heavy rains from the passing system through Tuesday.
A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for portions of the central Gulf Coast from the Alabama-Florida border westward.
At 5 p.m., the disturbance was centered near latitude 22.7 North, longitude 77.3 West or about 275 east-south-east of Marathon, Florida.
The system is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday.
On the forecast track, the disturbance will pass over the Florida Keys Monday afternoon, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Monday evening, and reach the central Gulf Coast by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
According to the National Weather Service in Melbourne, the system will move across South Florida on Monday. Locally heavy rain amounts from two to three inches is expected for the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County.
Areas on the Space Coast could see one to two inches of rain. Some areas in south Brevard could see more.
Potential Tropical Cyclone 7, which is expected to become Tropical Storm Gordon over the next 48-hours, has maximum sustained winds near 30 mph with higher gusts.
Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the disturbance is expected to become a tropical depression Monday morning and a tropical storm by Monday evening.
Conditions appear to be conducive for development, and this system is expected to become a tropical depression by Monday morning.
- Formation chance through 48 hours…high…80 percent
- Formation chance through 5 days…high…90 percent
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1012 mb (29.89 inches).
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