Tropical storm Gordon weakens after killing child

Miami Beach tourists walk through the rain from Tropical Storm Gordon

Gordon made landfall Tuesday night near the Alabama-Mississippi border packing strong winds, torrential rain and flash flooding.

As of 2 AM Wednesday, all tropical watches and warnings have been dropped for Louisiana.

Tropical storm force winds had been reported in Mobile Bay and at Pensacola Naval Air Station by 6:30 p.m.

States of emergency were issued for Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Alabama. A young child was killed in Pensacola, Florida when a huge oak tree fell on top of a mobile home, there.

"We are happy to report that hotels, casinos, attractions and restaurants have resumed business as usual", Milton Segarra, CEO of the tourism organization Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, said in a Wednesday news release.

A tornado or two is possible today and tonight over MS and western Alabama. It is possible to see upwards of 12 inches of rain in some areas. 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. Florence was moving toward the northwest near 13 miles per hour, and it was expected to continue on that path through tonight.

Meanwhile, Florence has strengthened into the third hurricane but continues to linger far out in the Atlantic, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour as it slowly moves west-northwest and not affecting land. Workers on at least 54 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated.

After making landfall, Gordon is expected to move northwest and bring heavy rain into Arkansas later this week.

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More than 35,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and MS were without electricity early yesterday, Poweroutage.us reported.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell held an afternoon news conference and said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents. "I think when you look at how rough the water is today, it's pretty self-explanatory".

Driftwood and other debris made for hazardous driving early Wednesday on the causeway to Dauphin Island, Alabama, which was partly flooded by seawater overnight.

Much of Arkansas can expect rain for the rest of this week as Tropical Storm Gordon passes through after moving into the southeastern part of the state late Wednesday.

MS shut down a dozen Gulf Coast casinos as the storm neared.

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", Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. They were likening conditions to 2017's Hurricane Nate, which was mostly a rainmaker by the time it got there.

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