At least one dead and 32,000 are left without power as Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall, with millions in Alabama and Mississippi facing 70mph winds and up to eight inches of rain

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
By Paul Martin

One child reportedly died after a tree fell on a mobile home in Florida – the first death connected to the tropical storm
Tropical Storm Gordon had winds of 70 miles per hour – which is not enough to gain hurricane status
A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
Thousands are without power in Dauphin Island, Alabama as flooding, storm surges, and fierce winds batter the area

5 September 2018

Tens of thousands are without power along the Gulf Coast late Tuesday and one child reportedly died as the region braced for a tropical storm that made landfall.

Tropical storm Gordon made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday.

Gordon was located about 35 miles south-southwest of Mobile, Alabama and was packing maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

A storm must reach winds of 74 miles per hour to reach hurricane status.

‘Rapid weakening is forecast after Gordon moves inland, and is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday,’ the NHC added.

Authorities in northwest Florida say a tree fell on a mobile home, killing a child in Escambia County.

It is the first death directly related to the tropical storm, according to WALA-TV.

Tropical Storm Gordon hurled rough surf, high winds and heavy rain, strengthening as it spun toward the northern U.S. Gulf Coast.

Gordon came ashore late Tuesday along the Mississippi Gulf coast near the Louisiana state line as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

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