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Reports: Gordon kills 1, cuts power to thousands as flooding rain spreads farther inland

By Kevin Byrne, AccuWeather staff writer
By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
September 05, 2018, 5:28:45 PM EDT


As of 4 p.m. CDT Wednesday, this story is no longer being updates. For a recap on Gordon, click here.



Gordon will continue to bring a flood threat to the lower Mississippi Valley on Wednesday after the storm made landfall late Tuesday night, slamming the Gulf coast with strong winds, storm surge and heavy rain.

In this image provided by NOAA, Tropical Storm Gordon approaches the United States on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

Charles Bungart gets his boat out of the water as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Dauphin Island, Ala. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

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A family watches the first rains clouds from Tropical Storm Gordon roll in on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Dauphin Island, Ala. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

A car drives through a road as flood waters come in from Tropical Storm Gordon on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 in Dauphin Island, Ala. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

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Before and after comparison picture of Miami Beach, Florida, on Sept. 3, 2018.

Palm trees withstanding the strong winds from Gordon in Miami Beach, Florida, on Sept. 3, 2018.

A car drives through a road as it slowly begins to flood as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Dauphin Island, Ala. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

(AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

Charles Phanthapannha stands in the rain outside a bar as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 in Mobile, Ala.

(AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

Summer Ranaldson walks to her car in the rain as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 in Mobile, Ala.

(AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

Nick Eberlein, bartender at The Merry Widow, draws a new sign as Tropical Storm Gordon arrives at night on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 in Mobile, Ala.

(AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

Trucks with the Alabama Department of Transportation work to block off a flooded part of US Highway 98 while fighting rain from Tropical Storm Gordon on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

(AP Photo/Dan Anderson)

Susan Jones waves to a truck driving through a flooded road from Tropical Storm Gordon on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 in Dauphin Island, Alabama.


In addition to flooding and strong winds, Gordon could also bring isolated tornadoes as well.

The main impact from Gordon will be heavy, flooding rainfall. AccuWeather Meteorologists expect a general 4-8 inches of rainfall across parts of the Deep South and southern Mississippi Valley region with an AccuWeather StormMax™ of 12 inches, which is most likely to occur over southeastern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama.

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1:24 p.m. CDT Wednesday:

Many flooded roads have been reported around Clarke County, Alabama this afternoon.


9:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Rough surf reported at beaches along the coast of Florida and Alabama.

Flooding in Alabama from Gordon, 9/5/2018 - AP Photo

Susan Jones waves to a truck driving through a flooded road from Gordon on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 in Dauphin Island, Alabama. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)



8:20 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

The National Weather Service (NWS) Mobile received reports that cars stalling in high water in the Pensacola area due to flooding.

Reports of flooding continued in the Pace, Florida, area. Coastal flooding is also ongoing along Fort Pickens, Florida.

Eastbound lanes of the Causeway over Mobile Bay are also closed due to coastal flooding



7:40 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

The Fort Morgan and Marissa Mae Nicole will remain closed today, according to a tweet from HMS Ferries located in Alabama.

The Captains took the ferries to the state docks on Monday. The ferries will be brought home later on Wednesday. The ferry company will reopen on Thursday on the one ferry schedule if the weather permits, according to the tweet.


7:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Bands of rain from Gordon continue to sweep through the Mobile area of Alabama.

It is estimated that 21,000 customers in the area are without power. Alabama Power crews are in position and are working in places where it is safe to do so.



6:37 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Gordon is now officially categorized as a tropical depression.

"Gordon is now well inland over southern Mississippi and moving northwest at about 14 mph," according to Kottlowski.

"Gordon will be a heavy rain producer, but could also help spin up a couple of tornadoes today. This would most likely occur to the east and northeast of where what is left of Gordon's circulation tracks."


2:10 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

All hurricane watches have been canceled for the Gulf Coast, but storm surge and tropical storm warnings remain in effect for Grand Bay, Dauphin Island and Bayou La Batre. Several flash flood warnings are also in place throughout southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.


1:35 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Authorities have reported the first Gordon-related fatality. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office stated on Tuesday night that a child in Pensacola, Florida, was killed after a tree toppled over onto a mobile home, leaving the front of the structure crushed.


No one else inside the home was hurt, according to authorities.


10:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Gordon made landfall as a tropical storm at 10:15 p.m. CDT just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, 30 miles east of Biloxi, Mississippi, with sustained winds of 70 mph.

About 10,000 Alabama Power customers are reportedly without power at this time. In downtown Mobile, wind gusts have exceeded 50 mph.


A tornado was confirmed around 9:55 p.m. CDT in Pea Ridge, Florida, just north of Pensacola. The threat of tornadic activity will persist throughout the Mobile area and the westernmost portion of the Florida Panhandle as Gordon moves inland tonight.


7:42 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Baldwin EMC reports roughly 2,400 outages primarily in the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Magnolia River and Barnwell areas in Baldwin County, Alabama.


5:01 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Some coastal areas are already starting to flood due to Gordon. Expect surf and sea conditions to build to dangerous levels over the northeastern and north-central Gulf of Mexico and adjacent shoreline.



4:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Tropical Storm Gordon has strengthened with maximum winds at 70 mph now, 4 mph below Category 1 hurricane status. Conditions will continue to deteriorate as Gordon approaches the coast and makes landfall Tuesday night.



2:56 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

It is important to check if there is a curfew in your area. Harrison County, Mississippi, has a curfew starting at 7 p.m. CDT Tuesday night until 7 a.m. CDT Wednesday.



2:01 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

According to the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) most updated forecast, hurricane and tropical storm warnings are in effect for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The NHC forecast predicts Gordon to be a Category 1 storm (winds near 80 mph) at landfall late Tuesday night.

Pearl, Mississippi has opened shelters to the public in preparation of Gordon. To find out which shelters are open, visit Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.



1:43 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A special marine warning has been issued for the potential of waterspouts offshore of Pensacola, Florida.

There is an elevated risk for rip currents for beaches on the Gulf of Mexico affected by Gordon.



12:41 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Rain from Gordon is causing flooding in coastal areas, including Dauphin Island, Alabama. In Mobile, Alabama, a coordinated effort is underway to respond to flooding and another other potential damage Gordon may bring.

tropical storm Gordon floodwaters

A car drives through a road as it slowly begins to flood as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Dauphin Island, Ala. Boaters are evacuating to safe harbors, and motorists are fleeing barrier islands as the Gulf Coast hustles to get ready for the storm. (AP Photo/Dan Anderson)


10:15 a.m. CDT Tuesday:

Tropical storm Gordon approaches Navarre Beach in Florida, causing rough surf.

Gordon approach

(Twitter/ @breckenelise)

Tropical storm Gordon

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9:13 a.m. CDT Tuesday:

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for Gordon on Tuesday morning.

Hurricane Warnings are in effect for several coastal Alabama counties.


6:32 a.m. CDT Tuesday:

Late Monday night, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency, becoming the second governor to declare a state of emergency in advance of the storm. Earlier Monday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency proclamation for his state.

The mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell, also issued a state of emergency and announced on Twitter that city government offices would be closed Tuesday.


2 a.m. CDT Tuesday:

Two oil platforms have been shut down as Gordon closes in on the the central Gulf Coast, according to Reuters.

On Monday, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation announced that the platforms, located in the northern Gulf of Mexico, had been evacuated and shut down.

Gordon is currently a strong tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. This is less than 10 mph away from Category 1 hurricane strength (74 mph).


7:22 p.m. CDT Monday:

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Gordon's expected arrival in southeast Louisiana.

Residents are preparing and the shelves are clearing.



2:30 p.m. CDT Monday:

Gordon is powering past Florida with gusty winds as it makes its way toward the Upper Gulf Coast.



1:42 p.m. CDT Monday:

A storm surge watch has been issued for portions of the Upper Gulf Coast.

Beaches in Miami-Dade County are currently closed to beachgoers due to dangerous surf and unfavorable conditions.

"Gordon made a first landfall near Flamingo, Florida, shortly after 9 a.m. EDT Monday," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Rob Miller.


12:39 p.m. CDT Monday:

David Camardelle, mayor of Grand Isle, Louisiana, has issued a voluntary evacuation due to the threat of flooding from Gordon potentially passing close to the island.


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