Gordon, never a hurricane, killed child in mobile home

Gordon, never a hurricane, killed child in mobile home

Tropical Storm Gordon poured rain on the Gulf Coast region Wednesday after it made landfall west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, killing a child in the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said. And bands swept up from the Gulf, dropping more rain on northwest Florida - where 10.48 inches (26.6 centimeters) had already fallen at Florida's Pensacola International Airport by Wednesday morning - through the center of Alabama and into Tennessee.

The National Hurricane Center said early Wednesday that Gordon was weakening on a path into Arkansas after striking the coast at 70 miles per hour, just shy of hurricane strength, near Pascagoula, Mississippi. Graves said the net could soon find itself tracking Helene (now called Invest 92L) and a developing system that could become Isaac.

Gordon is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over portions of western MS, southern and western Arkansas, and from western to northern Missouri into adjacent parts of IL with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches through early Saturday. "Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across", said Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama. The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered that the child had been killed.

A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain. It wasn't almost as bad as when Nate, the last hurricane to strike the USA, came ashore last October in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi.

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Gordon continues to weaken and spin over central Mississippi. Tens of thousands of customers spent part of Wednesday without electricity. And in Kansas, where hundreds of people were rescued from flash flooding this week, the governor declared a state of emergency in several counties.

BSEE also said 266.08 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of natural gas output was shut on Wednesday in the Gulf, an increase of 34.08 mmcfd from Tuesday. "AAA forecasts the national average will drop to $2.70 per gallon this fall, dragging state averages even lower in some cases".

"It's the peak of hurricane season", Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said.

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