Remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon moving into Arkansas

Greg Lawrence
September 7, 2018

"Right now, we are optimistic that we won't have any significant impacts from Gordon", said Sanchez, who does not expect homes to flood and added the storm "in no way" compares to Harvey.

The storm made landfall late Tuesday and is blamed for the death of a baby in a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida.

Tropical Storm Gordon has weakened to a tropical depression after it made landfall near the Alabama-Mississippi border Tuesday night, resulting in one death and loss of power to almost 40,000 homes along the Gulf Coast. Tens of thousands of customers spent part of Wednesday without electricity.

Downpours have flooded streets in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi as the storm headed north and threatened to bring heavy rains to the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest over the next few days, the NHC said.

Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm.

Gordon's top sustained winds were down to 40 mph (64 kph) as its tight core moved about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters.

"The preparation, coordination and cooperation by citizens during this storm greatly minimized the impact across our state", Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama said Wednesday, sounding much like Gov. Phil Bryant of MS, who said that his state's coast was "relatively unscathed".

"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.

A total of 159,085 barrels per day (bpd) in crude oil production was shut on Wednesday, an increase of 2,178 barrels from Tuesday, the agency said. "Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across", said Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Tropical Storm Gordon may not have been the strongest storm to hit the United States, but it still looked formidable from space.

Despite September being a traditionally busy month in the hurricane season that begins in June and ends November 30, no other tropical cyclones are imminently menacing to the United States. If that system strengthens into a tropical storm, it would be named Helene.

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