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Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall in SWFL

Satellite loop of Tropical Storm Gordon over Monday afternoon

Exactly a week before the peak of hurricane season – and the year anniversary of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida – Tropical Storm Gordon swept through Southwest Florida almost as quickly as it formed.

Credit Julie Glenn / WGCU
Heavy rain flows from a roof at Crayton Cove in Naples during Tropical Storm Gordon's landfall Monday afternoon.

WGCU’s Rachel Iacovone spoke with meteorologist Jeff Huffman of the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network just after the storm passed the coast of Naples on Monday.

Official forecast track of Tropical Storm Gordon, per the 2 p.m. Monday afternoon advisory from the National Hurricane Center

Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and associate producer of Gulf Coast Live for WGCU News. Rachel came to WGCU as an intern in 2016, during the presidential race. She went on to cover Florida Gulf Coast University students at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Capitol Hill and Southwest Floridians in attendance at the following day's Women's March on Washington.Rachel was first contacted by WGCU when she was managing editor of FGCU's student-run media group, Eagle News. She helped take Eagle News from a weekly newspaper to a daily online publication with TV and radio branches within two years, winning the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for Best Use of Multimedia in a cross-platform series she led for National Coming Out Day. She also won the Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing for her five-month coverage of an FGCU student's transition from male to female.As a WGCU reporter, she produced the first radio story in WGCU's Curious Gulf Coast project, which answered the question: Does SWFL Have More Cases of Pediatric Cancer?Rachel graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.