Per the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Gordon is at press time off Florida's west coast and expected to make landfall at the Mississippi/Louisiana coast early Wednesday.
The center predicted total rain amounts of 4-8 inches (10-20 centimeters) in the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL.
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.
But Hurricane Florence, which generated sustained winds of 130 miles per hour on Wednesday, was well to the east of even Bermuda and was not expected to threaten the island until next week at the earliest. "If a major storm moves into the Gulf of Mexico, refineries will go back on alert and pump prices will face renewed upward pressure". The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered that the child had been killed. Rainfall could be even more intense in isolated spots - up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) through early Saturday. It wasn't almost as bad as when Nate, the last hurricane to strike the USA, came ashore last October in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi.
"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. Power was restored for all of those households by noon Wednesday. And in Kansas, where hundreds of people were rescued from flash flooding this week, the governor declared a state of emergency in several counties.
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Forty-eight production platforms in offshore production area remained evacuated on Wednesday, six fewer than on Tuesday.
Mayors of barrier islands in the storm's path had warned that their communities might get cut off from the mainland.
Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters. Hurricane Florence has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, on a path toward Bermuda, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa.
"It's the peak of hurricane season", Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham said. "If you haven't done so already, now would be a good time to review your Family Emergency Plan and your Emergency Supply Checklist".