While currently churning just under 400 miles from Sao Miguel Island, Hurricane Gordon is on a path that would produce flooding rains and dangerous winds across the Azores.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center lists Gordon's exact position, along with the other latest statistics on the tropical storm.
Gordon was upgraded to a hurricane early Saturday morning, before strengthening further late Saturday afternoon into a Category 2 hurricane.
Gordon is expected to maintain its hurricane status through Sunday. However, cooler water and stronger wind shear that lie in Gordon's path will force the storm to weaken later Sunday or Monday.
The demise of Gordon will then come in between the Azores and Portugal during the middle of next week, but Gordon will put a fight right to the end.
Sunday night into Monday morning (local time, late Sunday into Sunday night EDT), the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center expects Gordon to slam the Azores with potentially flooding rain and damaging winds. Parts of the Azores could experience several hours of sustained hurricane-force winds with much stronger gusts.
Odds currently favor the eastern half of these islands enduring the worst of Gordon's fury, and a hurricane warning is in effect for these islands.
The center of Gordon, after crossing the Azores, will likely fizzle before reaching mainland Europe. According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline, "the demise of Gordon prior to reaching mainland Europe will prevent any significant moisture from reaching Europe."
As July draws to a close, a storm system swinging up from the Deep South will bring downpours that will break the back of the heat wave in much of the northeastern United States.
Heavy downpours will raise the concern for flash flooding along the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley through midweek.
A stifling heat wave will remain entrenched across the Northeast much of this week, despite a brief reprieve in humidity for some.
Dangerous heat will surge northward and send temperatures rising across the northwestern United States this week.
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through the Northeast on Monday, lashing the region with damaging winds while also unleashing heavy downpours that triggered flash flooding.
Here are five easy ways to stay cool in sweltering summer heat.
Waldrof, MN (1995)
81 mph wind gust (near Mankato).
2.75" of rain in less than 60 minutes just east of downtown Cleveland. 3.12" of rain fell in less than 60 minutes in Elyria.
Pollack, MD (2008)
Softball-sized hail shattered cars and windows.