Gordon dumps heavy rains, Hurricane Florence barrels toward Bermuda

More than 27,000 homes and business were without power as Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border.

As far as wind is concerned, those in Gordon's path should expect tropical-storm-force winds, which can range from 39-73 miles per hour, according to the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

The depression is located about 40 km south-southeast of Jackson, Mississippi with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour, the NHC said.

As we head towards the peak of Atlantic Hurricane season, we expect a parade of tropical storms to develop over the next couple of weeks.

In addition to heavy rains, the Miami-based forecasting center said there is a possibility of tornadoes in MS and western Alabama, where crews have been working throughout the night to restore lost power to more than 20,000 customers, mostly in coastal areas. Most areas will see somewhere between 4 to 8 inches of rainfall.

It is not threatening land at this time and there are no watches or warnings issued for this storm. Localized flooding is possible.

"I'm asking all residents to do their part in getting ready for this storm", New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement.

It took place in Escambia County, near the city of Pensacola. The name and age of the child were not released. Tornadoes are also possible through Wednesday night over MS and western Alabama, it added.

Barradas said he ran back in his home to get a flashlight, but by the time he got to the neighbor's home the baby had stopped crying.

Driftwood and other debris made for hazardous driving early Wednesday on the causeway 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. Siding was peeled off some houses, but Mayor Jeff Collier said "for the most part, we did OK".

"As far as emergency services, we do the best we can to get to you".

The National Hurricane Center said Gordon should weaken rapidly after it moves inland from the central Gulf Coast, but that doesn't diminish concerns about flooding. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport were ordered closed Tuesday ahead of Gordon's approach, but all had reopened by early Wednesday.

Companies evacuated 54 offshore platforms and halted 156,907 barrels per day of oil production and 232 million cubic feet per day of natural gas output, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

He and his cousin, Lance, were relieved that the center of the storm was jogging more to the east. Lance Murphy, who referred to Gordon as a "party storm", said, "We just live through it and hope we can open again tomorrow".

The system will likely march west-northwest over the next five days, at which point forecast models are split on where it will go.

  • Joey Payne