Tropical Storm Gordon Hits Gulf Coast, Killing a Child in Florida

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Tues., Sept 6, 1:16 am- Tropical Depression Gordon was expected on Thursday to dump more heavy rains that could cause flooding in central US states as Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 3 storm, churned toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Gordon could drop heavy rain - generally 4 to 8 inches, but as many as 12 - from Florida's western panhandle to southern Arkansas through Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of Gordon is expected to track northwest today and eventually the weather will quiet down in Alabama.

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.

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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. The storm was moving north-northwest at 8 miles per hour.

"We ducked a punch", said Mayor Andrew Gilich of Biloxi, whose office noted that he is a former boxer. The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered the child had been killed. The National Weather Service in Mobile cautioned that the Styx River near Elsanor, Alabama, could reach moderate, and possibly major, flood stage later Wednesday.

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

Along the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, where many schools and roads were closed, the authorities signaled that typical daily life would resume quickly. Crews were already restoring electricity early Wednesday in the wake of the storm. And in Kansas, where hundreds of people were rescued from flash flooding this week, the governor declared a state of emergency in several counties. Workers on at least 54 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated. 2-3 inches of rain is likely over the Tri-State with heavier amounts in our far northern counties.

It's way too early to know if either of those storms will have any impact on land, but Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said attention should be paid: "It's the peak of hurricane season". "Now is the time to get your plans all set".

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