Gordon still expected to bring rain to most of Arkansas

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

John Cunningham, left, and Hunter Shows, right, watch the waves crash from Tropical Storm Gordon on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The storm weakened into a depression Wednesday but remained unsafe, dumping rain, spawning possible tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake. Tens of thousands of customers spent part of Wednesday without electricity.

The child died when a tree fell on top of a mobile home in Pensacola, as Gordon whipped the region with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, a spokeswoman with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

That was particularly worrisome in the Midwest, a region already inundated with water.

The storm's strong winds knocked out power in the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama, leaving at least 30,000 people in the dark, several utility companies said.

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Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana had all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm.

Even as Gordon's coastal threat faded Wednesday, the hurricane center was also tracking another storm far out in the Atlantic.

Gordon's top sustained winds were down to 40 mph (64 kph) as its tight core moved about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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The storm was headed west-northwest at 17 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico and had maximum winds of 65 miles per hour . More than 27,000 customers were hit with power cuts as Gordon came ashore Tuesday night, the Associated Press reports.

On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos that were ordered closed Tuesday were given permission Wednesday to open at noon. Siding was peeled off some houses, but Mayor Jeff Collier said "for the most part, we did OK".

While the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN http://www.hwn.org/) on September 5 formally secured operations initiated ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon, which had been forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane, the HWN is keeping close watch on Hurricane Florence, now a Category 3 storm still out in the Atlantic.

Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations were possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes. "The net rarely activates for tropical storms, unless they are forecast to become hurricanes prior to landfall or at the request of the forecasters at the National Hurricane Center", Graves explained.

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