Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Gordon's Remnants Bring Rain To Area

Gordon's Remnants Bring Rain To Area

Tropical storm Gordon has weakened into a tropical depression over U.S. state of MS as threats of heavy rains and flooding continue, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Wednesday.

Gordon's top sustained winds were down to 40 mph as its tight core moved about 20 miles northwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Hurricane warnings have been dropped considering Gordon was never able to make the transition to a Category 1 storm before landfall.

A child was killed Tuesday in Pensacola, Florida as Gordon whipped the Alabama and western Florida Panhandle coasts with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, a spokeswoman with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

The weakened storm brings threats of heavy rain and flash flooding across the lower Mississippi Valley.

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. By Wednesday afternoon the numbers were down to about 5,800 in Alabama, 3,000 in MS and a little more than 2,000 in Florida. Officials haven't released the child's identity. "You don't want to take it lightly, of course", MacDonald said. "It's part of life on the Gulf Coast, just something we have to deal with".

Smith said there's more to it than rain and flooding; it's also the risky rip currents and possible power outages.

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FRIDAY-TUESDAY: As Gordon fades away to our northwest, our weather remains in a wetter pattern, with scattered showers and storms sticking in the forecast through the end of this week into the start of next week. Its maximum sustained winds are 105 miles per hour, and Florence was moving to the northwest at 13 miles per hour.

"We're asking people to do the same things that we're doing: prepare", Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said in a statement.

Driftwood and other debris on the causeway made for hazardous driving early Wednesday to Dauphin Island, Alabama, which was partly flooded by seawater overnight, leaving people to drive over sand and around lawn furniture on the main road in the wake of the storm. Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall in Panama City Beach on May 28, and the Atlantic Basin hasn't produced any storms that threatened the United States since then.

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

Energy companies and port operators along the Gulf Coast were taking steps on Wednesday to resume operations after Gordon shut 9 percent of the region's oil and natural gas production.

Similarly, a storm surge led to flooding along the Gulf Coast and barrier islands. The post says no one else in the home was injured.

"This is our first time coming out here to the beach for a storm", said Danielle, who added she had also been through Hurricanes Opal and Ivan but didn't do much outside observing for those storms.

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