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Florida’s Gulf Coast Preparing for Labor Day Weekend Tropical Storm

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 31, 2016

Florida’s Gulf Coast Preparing for Labor Day Weekend Tropical Storm

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A pair of storms approaching the Gulf Coast and the East Coast of the United States are causing concern for travelers looking to hit the road for the Labor Day holiday.

In the Gulf Coast region, Tropical Depression Nine is now expected to form into a tropical storm before meteorologists predict it to make landfall in Florida Thursday. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain, storm surge flooding, high winds and possibly even tornadoes, according to

As a result of the storm’s current trajectory toward Florida, tropical storm warnings were issued for the region between Panama City Beach and St. Petersburg. In addition, a hurricane watch was put into effect between Apalachicola and the New Port Richey area.

Once the storm makes its expected landfall Thursday night, forecasters believe it will track across Florida and up the East Coast of Georgia and the Carolinas Friday and Saturday, bringing heavy rain and winds.

 READ MORE: Hurricane Near Hawaii Threatening Labor Day Travel Plans 

As for the storm meteorologists expected to hit the coast of North Carolina and the popular tourist destinations like the Outer Banks, The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the area will likely be spared as the tropical system is moving away from the state now.

The storm came as close as 75 miles east of Cape Hatteras, but was now moving on a northeast trajectory away from the coast at 35 miles per hour. As of Wednesday morning, the Outer Banks were reporting only a few clouds and wind speed averages of five miles per hour.

Add in the fact that Hurricane Madeline in the Pacific Ocean will be passing just south of the Hawaiian Islands, dumping heavy rain and brining high winds to the region, and this Labor Day holiday weekend will feature several storms cells causing havoc.

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