Gordon Weakens Over Central Mississippi, Florence Becomes Major Hurricane

The storm, which has since been downgraded to a depression, dumped heavy rains across southern states. The National Hurricane Center predicted a "life-threatening" storm surge of 3 to 5 feet along parts of the central Gulf Coast. This rainfall will cause flash flooding across portions of these areas.

Hurricane Gordon hasn't completely formed yet, but the weather system - which is now a tropical storm - will be upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall in MS late Tuesday night. It's not expected to strengthen through the day and could slightly weaken Wednesday, but then gain steam as it heads northwest toward Bermuda, far from Florida.

The storm knocked out power to at least 27,000 customers Tuesday night in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

One child was also reported dead in Florida's Escambia County, after a tree fell on the family's mobile home. Some development of that system is possible over the weekend while the wave moves westward over the far eastern Atlantic, the Hurricane Center said in an 8 p.m. update Tuesday night.

"Everybody is just waiting it out to see what is going to happen", she said.

"We are happy to report that hotels, casinos, attractions and restaurants have resumed business as usual", Milton Segarra, CEO of the tourism organization Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, said in a Wednesday news release.

Dauphin Island, off the coast of Alabama, took a direct hit.

Dominic Carlucci drove back to his home on the barrier island in his Hummer, and found no damage, just a sagging wooden fence.

A hurricane warning is in effect from the mouth of Mississippi's Pearl River to the border between Florida and Alabama.

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"All the outside furniture has to come in, but honestly it's not even a freak-out kind of hurricane, so we're not super-stressed right now", Ashley Peeples said around midday on Tuesday. This area includes the Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, southeastern and northeastern Louisiana, and southern Arkansas. The rainfall forecast is 2-4 inches with higher amounts still possible in southwestern parts of our area.

Beaches around Mobile, Alabama were being washed by storm-driven waves on Tuesday morning, said Stephen Miller, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The heaviest rain from Gordon will be from the northern Gulf Coast to parts of Arkansas, and will last through Thursday.

Hurricane Gordon, now downgraded to a tropical storm, has struck the United States, hitting the Gulf Coast with heavy rain and strong winds.

Crews were already restoring electricity early Wednesday in the wake of the storm.

Thousands of people have been left without power as the storm smashed into land.

He was still without electricity as he left for his 12-hour shift.

Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and says 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.

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