Florida Child Killed After Tropical Storm Gordon Strikes Land

Thursday, 06 Sep, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon slammed into the eastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, flooding roads and causing minor damage to some homes, but the storm missed Louisiana and most of the MS coast nearly entirely, and never became a hurricane.

Gordon, which was not forecast to be a major hurricane, was expected to weaken rapidly after moving ashore, the hurricane center said.

The storm formed near the Florida Keys on Monday, bringing stormy conditions to the south of the state.

Forecasters say Gordon, after some strengthening late Tuesday, now packs top sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. It never achieved hurricane status.

As of Tuesday morning, Gordon was located about 190 miles (305 km) east-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, and was heading west-northwest, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

With hurricane season in full swing, Gordon may not be the last tropical depression to strike the US this year.

Gordon is also predicted to pour buckets of rain over the Gulf Coast - between 4 and 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) - through late Thursday (Sept. 6), the NHC said.

As Tropical Storm Gordon heads toward the MS coast, we asked if the storm will affect Fort Worth.

The storm halted some energy production in the US Gulf, with companies evacuating 54 offshore platforms and halting 156,907 barrels-per-day of oil production and 232 million cubic feet-per-day of natural gas output.

More than 27,000 customers were without power as Gordon began pushing ashore, mostly in coastal Alabama and the western tip of the Florida Panhandle around Pensacola, with a few hundred in southeastern Mississippi.

Mayors of barrier islands in the storm's path had warned that their communities might get cut off from the mainland. Dauphin Island, Alabama measured a sustained wind of 57mph with a gust to 72mph.

Sheets of rain and heavy clouds move into the city ahead of the landfall of Tropical Storm Gordon in New Orleans, La.

Tropical depressions occur when warm, moist air over warm ocean water starts to rise and a low pressure forms at the surface.

New Orleans is expected to feel the impact of Gordon on Wednesday, with the Flood Protection Authority-East closing 38 floodgates, 13 valve gates and a concrete barge gate in the area.

Experts say the system has 30-percent chance of development in the next 48 hours, while increasing to 80-percent over the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters.

"It's the peak of hurricane season", Hurricane Center director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.