Tropical Storm Gordon Leaves At Least 30,000 People Without Power

Gordon Is Forecast To Hit Northern Gulf Coast As A Hurricane Tuesday Night

Tropical Depression Gordon was expected on Thursday to dump more heavy rains that could cause flooding in central U.S. states as Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 3 storm, churned toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

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.

In Pensacola, a 10-month-old baby was killed when a large limb from an oak tree fell on a mobile home.

The storm's remains could be a problem for corn and soya bean farmers in the Midwest later this week, said Mr Don Keeney, Radiant Solutions' senior agricultural meteorologist.

It took place in Escambia County, near the city of Pensacola.

Locally, the storm brought strong bands of rain and gusty winds across the Tampa Bay area on Labor Day.

Red flags were posted along the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, warning beach-goers to stay out of the water because of risky rip currents.

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

Gordon never reached hurricane strength by the time it came ashore Tuesday night just west of the Mississippi-Alabama line.

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"We're way up here, and I think we'll be okay", she said.

Brian Hurley, forecaster with the National Weather Service in Maryland, said heavy rains would accompany remnants of Gordon in Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri over the next few days.

If this happens, hurricane warnings and storm surge amounts may be shifted based on the new forecast track.

Tornadoes also are possible through Tuesday night near the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts, the NHC said. Crews were already restoring electricity early Wednesday. That data showed the cloud top temperatures were as cold as they were when AIRS passed over 12 hours before.

The death has been confirmed by Emergency officials.No one else inside the home was injured.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. And residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which expected a serious hit, were largely spared.

The storm halted some energy production in the US Gulf, with companies evacuating 54 offshore platforms and halting 156,907 barrels-per-day of oil production and 232 million cubic feet-per-day of natural gas output.

Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many worked hard to protect their properties ahead of the storm.

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

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