Tropical Storm Gordon strengthens, churns toward U.S. Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Gordon track expected to bring winds to Sebastian, Vero Beach

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.

The storm was located about 80 miles northwest of Jackson, Miss., packed 25 mph winds and was moving north-northwest at 8 mph as of the NHC's 10 p.m. CDT update.

A child has died in Florida after a tropical storm blew a tree onto a mobile home in as it made landfall in America.

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

A child has been killed in Florida after a tree was blown on top of his mobile home in an incident which may be linked to Gordon.

The weakened storm brings threats of heavy rain and flash flooding across the lower Mississippi Valley.

At LaFrance Marina near Ansley, Mississippi, a mile north of Heron Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, marina owner Sue Cates said that a tidal surge is sure to push water into the marina's low-lying campgrounds, making evacuation "the only choice" people have to protect themselves.

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 south-eastern Mississippi.

Others did their familiar pre-storm preparation rituals, including the staff at The Hotel Whiskey in Pass Christian, Mississippi, only about a block from the coast.

The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season will affect Bermuda's surf by Friday, but it was too early to say whether it would hit land. He adds that if you come up to an intersection where there's a power outage and no traffic lights, treat them as a four-way stop.

The system will likely march west-northwest over the next five days, at which point forecast models are split on where it will go.

As of early Wednesday morning, she was about two thousand miles from shore, but Florence was already blowing 125 mph winds.

"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. As much as 20 centimetres of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late on Thursday as the tropical weather moves inland toward Arkansas.

MS shut down a dozen Gulf Coast casinos, while workers on at least 54 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated. No one else inside the home was injured, spokeswoman Amber Southard said.

MS shut down a dozen Gulf Coast casinos as the storm neared.

"It will take time to get back to everything".

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