Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Child killed as tropical storm Gordon makes landfall on US Gulf Coast

Child killed as tropical storm Gordon makes landfall on US Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon spent much of Tuesday morning and afternoon hovering less than 20 miles off the coast of the Florida Panhandle as it made its way west towards a MS landfall.

By 2 a.m. EDT, maximum sustained winds had decreased to 50 miles per hour (80 kph), with higher gusts.

The storm made landfall Tuesday night near Pascagoula, Mississippi, just west of the Alabama border.

Also, a storm surge watch was issued for areas near the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, where the storm could produce 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain.

The National Hurricane Center says that a "few tornadoes are possible" near the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

A child was killed when a large tree fell on a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida about 9 p.m. local time, an Escambia County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

Gordon will bring some much needed rain to parts of our area today.

Rain was still falling but the lights were on Wednesday morning at a Waffle House restaurant in Mobile, where factory worker Jerome Richardson said he lost power in the storm Tuesday night.

But by Wednesday afternoon its center was well inland, dumping heavy rains and causing flooding in western Florida and coastal Alabama.

Authorities have yet to release the name or age of the child. "You don't want to take it lightly, of course". "It's part of life on the Gulf Coast, just something we have to deal with".

Gordon is the second tropical or subtropical storm to impact the Gulf Coast in 2018 and did not intensify to the Category 1 hurricane that some feared.

Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations are possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes.

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

The tropical storm could turn into a hurricane and smash into MS with some experts believing it could become a Category 1 cyclone. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 miles per hour (55 kph) with higher gusts in a few squalls near the center.

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

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

States of emergency were declared in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and at least 54 oil and gas production platforms in the region were evacuated, CBS News reported.

It's hard for models to get a good handle on this wave until it's able to establish itself over water, and we'll have plenty of time to watch it over the next several days.

"It's the peak of hurricane season", Hurricane Center director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.

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