Tropical Storm Gordon forms in Atlantic

Weather system expected to stay away from United States

ORLANDO, Fla. - Tropical Storm Gordon is strengthening over the Atlantic but is expected to move away from the United States on a track over the open ocean.

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The storm formed early Thursday and its maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Gordon could grow into a hurricane by the weekend.

Gordon is centered about 640 miles (1,035 kilometers) east of Bermuda and is moving northeast at 16 mph (26 kph).

The storm's forecast track shows it moving over the open waters of the north-central Atlantic for the next two days.

"Gordon will have no impact on Florida, whatsoever," Local 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said.

A day after storms again ripped through Central Florida, more rain -- a 40 percent coverage area -- is expected in the Orlando area.

"Once again, storms will be strong in Central Florida on Thursday afternoon, and the timing could coincide with kids waiting at the bus stop and parents driving home," Bridges said.

High temperatures in Orlando will reach the mid-90s on Thursday, with lows in the mid-70s.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Depression Hector is weakening and is expected to become a remnant low Thursday night or early Friday.

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