Gordon makes landfall in Mississippi, Florence becomes hurricane

Gordon makes landfall in Mississippi, Florence becomes hurricane

Gordon makes landfall in Mississippi, Florence becomes hurricane

The storm is moving toward the northwest across the lower Mississippi Valley, bringing with it rain and potential flooding.

It has a 30-percent chance of development as it moves west into the eastern Atlantic this weekend. The flash flood warning will be in effect until 4 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center says that a "few tornadoes are possible" near the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle.

But the storm's impact could have been worse: Gordon gave only a glancing blow to New Orleans, where Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents within the city's levee protection system. "The city's absolute No.1 priority is to ensure the safety of our residents".

"Bermuda is still outside the five-day cone", said Feltgen by phone, referring to the area in which the NHC the storm may track.

"We had one thunder boom, no rain and a little bit of wind, woke up this morning and everything was fine", said Jason Lombardo, a business owner who has lived through several hurricanes. "We've seen that tropical rainfall can put down a lot of rain in a short period of time".

The child died when a tree fell on top of a mobile home in Pensacola as Gordon whipped the region with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, a spokeswoman with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared emergencies.

The National Hurricane Center said Gordon was weakening on a path into Arkansas after striking the coast at 113 km/h, just shy of hurricane strength, near Pascagoula, Mississippi. The company's other Gulf of Mexico facilities were unaffected by the storm, a spokeperson said.

Nevertheless, she said she and her husband will remain in their home, which sits on tall pilings. These winds will start later on tonight and will continue through the overnight hours. "People around here are well-trained for this sort of thing".

Since it is more than 1,000 miles away from the Lesser Antilles, it is too soon to know whether it will impact the usa coast, but its expected trajectory will take it somewhere off the coast of the Atlantic well east of the U.S.by Friday.

Schools in parts of coastal Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and MS were closed Tuesday, and others announced they would open for only part of their normal day.

Last year, hurricanes hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing widespread destruction and thousands of deaths.

"Next time it might not be as far out", Smith said.

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