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Blinding, wind-swept downpours will plague the Southeast this weekend as a storm develops in the Gulf of Mexico and slowly treks toward the Atlantic Ocean. The onset of the storm in Florida and parts of the Deep South this weekend will coincide with the departure of millions of Americans traveling to holiday destinations. The intensifying storm is expected to bring gusty winds up to 50 mph and rainfall totals as high as 8” in the hardest-hit areas. The storm will organize much like Nor’Easters common along the Northeast Coast this time of year. A robust jet stream is supplying a deep pool of relatively cold air toward the warm Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf’s surface temperatures, while warm, are too cool for the development of a tropical cyclone. Bands of heavy precipitation will develop ahead of a cold front and compose a shield of precipitation north of a warm front as…