Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall near Alabama-Mississippi border


Gordon is expected to produce rain accumulations of 4 to 8 inches (10-20 cm) over parts of Florida Panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, southern Iowa and IL, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches (30cm) through early Saturday.

The storm later weakened into a depression, dumping heavy rains across southern U.S. states. The number of outages has been rising rapidly after dark Tuesday night as tropical storm Gordon's wind and rain began to take a toll on the Gulf Coast's power grid.

This excessive rainfall "will cause flash flooding across portions of these areas", the NHC noted.

Coast Guard inspectors flew over ports in MS and Alabama to evaluate the facilities, which remained closed on Wednesday morning to most traffic, Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexandria Preston said.

This satellite image is from shortly before landfall, around 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday.

"Everybody is just waiting it out to see what is going to happen", she said.

The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered that the child had been killed. The name and age of the child were not released. Gulf Power reports restoring power to 13,000 customers, majority in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties - with the work continuing.

Water levels from storm surge along the Gulf of Mexico will gradually subside Wednesday morning, the NHC said.

Dominic Carlucci drove back to his home on the barrier island in his Hummer, and found no damage, just a sagging wooden fence.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane warning from the coast of MS, to the the Alabama/Florida border.

"We're not expecting any severe weather", he said.

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Alabama and parts of Florida faced strong winds and 30cm of rain could fall in some areas. For Lawrence to see any significant changes to the river, similar amounts of rainfall would need to hit the area, he said.

A hurricane warning is in effect from the mouth of the Pearl River near the Louisiana-Mississippi border to the Alabama-Florida border, with tropical storm warnings ranging from Morgan City, La., to the Florida Panhandle. Crews were already restoring electricity early Wednesday.

Helen Thacker, Nicole Baker and Dana Baker, left to right, walk through a flooded area near a home as tropical storm Gordon approaches Dauphin Island, Ala.

"I just hope I don't have to throw out everything in my refrigerator when I get home", he said.

Louisiana's governor activated 350 national guard members and according to the National Hurricane Center, Gordon could drop as much as 12 inches from Florida to Arkansas through Thursday.

On Sept. 5 at 3:10 a.m. EDT (0710 UTC) Aqua passed over the Gulf coast again, and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard measured infrared temperatures. Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many hustled to protect their properties ahead of the storm.

New Orleans, which had braced for severe flooding, was unscathed.

Tropical storm Gordon started as a tropical depression in the Caribbean on Sunday, becoming a tropical storm Monday near the Florida Keys, according to Clark.

As Gordon slowly fizzles out, forecasters are turning their attention to Hurricane Florence, which is some 2,400 miles away from the US, and another potential storm near the coast of Africa.

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