Gordon downgraded to depression as Hurricane Florence strengthens in Atlantic

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

Rain and storms will continue across North Texas

Insured losses from Tropical Storm Gordon, which made landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi border Tuesday night with 70 miles per hour sustained wind speeds, will be approximately $125 million, according to Karen Clark & Co.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from southeastern Louisiana to the Okaloosa-Walton County line in Florida.

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.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency, allowing them to mobilize state resources and National Guard troops to help during and after the storm. A toddler in Pensacola was killed when a large tree branch fell onto a mobile home.

The centre predicted total rain amounts of 10 to 20 centimetres in the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL.

Along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center has warned life-threatening storm surge inundation is possible as Tropical Storm Gordon moves ashore.

More than 35,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and MS did not have electricity on Wednesday morning, according to Poweroutages.us.

Gulfport was among communities providing sand and bags to residents, and Kenny Macdonald filled them for himself and older residents.

The child's age and identity were not released.

"He said he doesn't want the same thing that happened in Puerto Rico over here", Rivera's grandson, translating from Spanish, told the station.

Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. on Tuesday evacuated employees and shut in several platforms in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

As Gordon slowly fizzles out, forecasters are turning their attention to Hurricane Florence, which is some 2,400 miles away from the US, and another potential storm near the coast of Africa. Forecasters predict that the storm will make a turn toward the west-northwest Thursday night.

Gordon was located about 55 kilometres south-southwest of Mobile, Alabama and was packing maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

Coastal communities such as Dauphin Island in Alabama and Shell Beach, Mississippi were among the hardest hit.

Meanwhile, Gordon has been downgraded to a tropical depression and will become a remnant low over the next 48 hours.

"As we've seen in the past, Pensacola's experienced numerous tropical systems over the course of the last ten years", says Cullen. No one else inside the home was injured, spokeswoman Amber Southard said.

"It will take time to get back to everything".

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