Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon moving into Arkansas

Tropical Storm Gordon

Tropical Storm Gordon

However, no major damage or serious injuries were reported, other than the one fatality - a baby in a mobile home, struck by a large tree limb in Pensacola late Tuesday.

The storm made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 70 miles per hour. Flash flood watches stretched from the Florida panhandle, through parts of southwest Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and IL.

The central part of the state may receive six or more inches of rain from the former tropical storm, which passed over the Alabama coast and into MS and Arkansas on Wednesday. Forecasters said rainfall could be even more intense in isolated places, dropping up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) through early Saturday.

Gordon never reached hurricane strength by the time it came ashore Tuesday night just west of the Mississippi-Alabama line.

In a forecast discussion on Wednesday, the hurricane center said that although the storm was weakening, "heavy rainfall" would likely be recorded from the Florida Panhandle to IL and Iowa. The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered the child had been killed. The name and age were not released. It knocked out power to at least 27,000 utility customers in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

Katrina cut the narrow island in half more than a decade ago, but John Berry wasn't very anxious about Gordon. And in Kansas, where hundreds of people were rescued from flash flooding this week, the governor declared a state of emergency in several counties.

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

A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded as well.

"When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across".

"We ducked a punch", said Mayor Andrew Gilich of Biloxi, whose office noted that he is a former boxer.

The HWN had activated on September 4, while Gordon was still a tropical storm. Hurricane Florence was some 2,400 miles (3,900 kilometers) away from the US, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa.

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