Gordon, never a hurricane, killed child in mobile home

Muriel Hammond
September 6, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon weakened into a depression on Wednesday hours after making landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border and killing one person in Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

After marching up from the Florida Keys and lashing South Florida on Monday with rain, Gordon was centered Tuesday evening over the Gulf of Mexico, about 75 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph.

While Tropical Storm Gordon has come and gone, it's leaving behind a soggy legacy in northwest Florida and south Alabama for the next few days.

John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and said 200 Louisiana National Guardsmen were being deployed, along with 63 high-water trucks, 39 boats and four helicopters.

A child was killed on Tuesday when a tree fell on a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

Earlier, families filled sandbags, took patio furniture inside and stocked up on batteries and bottled water as the Gulf Coast in the southern United States prepared for Tropical Storm Gordon, which could strengthen and become the second hurricane to hit the region in less than a year.

The storm knocked out power to at least 27,000 customers Tuesday night in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

With the app, you can constantly see all of the computer models, storm tracks and the latest written and video forecasts. She said numerous locals, herself included, were planning to stay through the storm but many visitors who'd come in for the Labor Day weekend were heading out of town.

Gordon is moving steadily at 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) toward the coast, the NHC said. Gulf Power reports restoring power to 13,000 customers, majority in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties - with the work continuing.

The National Weather Service in Mobile cautioned that the Styx River near Elsanor, Alabama, could reach moderate, and possibly major, flood stage later.

Sea levels could rise as much as 1.5 metres from Shell Beach, Louisiana, to Dauphin Island, Alabama, forecasters said.

Gordon was poised for only a glancing blow to New Orleans, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents. "It's part of life on the Gulf Coast, just something we have to deal with".

New footage from the International Space Station captured Tropical Storm Gordon as it grew stronger over the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Before a slight decline in wind speed, it was thought that Gordon would be the first Atlantic basin hurricane to make landfall in 2018.

"It's the peak of hurricane season". That being said, Florence will continue to move west-northwest and could get out of this area and into more favourable conditions.

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