NASA finds strong rain potential in Tropical Storm Gordon

Gordon made landfall on Tuesday night near the Alabama-Mississippi border with near hurricane-force winds, the National Hurricane Center said.

The 2 a.m. ET update from the National Hurricane Center said the storm had maximum-sustained winds of 50 miles per hour as it moved northwest at 14 miles per hour.

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

The National Hurricane Center predicted a "life-threatening" storm surge along parts of the central Gulf Coast, and as much as 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the Gulf states through late Thursday as the tropical weather moves over the lower Mississippi Valley.

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. Beachgoers in the area were being warned Wednesday that it's too early to return to the water; risky rip currents prompted red-flag warnings, meaning it's illegal to enter the Gulf of Mexico.

A tornado or two is possible today and tonight over MS and western Alabama.

In coastal Mississippi's Jackson County, people filled bags with sand at government distribution points, intending to line their homes with them to avert flooding.

The child's age and identity were not released. "You don't want to take it lightly, of course", MacDonald said. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport were ordered closed Tuesday ahead of Gordon's approach, but all had reopened by early Wednesday.

Barradas said he ran back in his home to get a flashlight, but by the time he got to the neighbor's home the baby had stopped crying. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 miles per hour (55 kph) with higher gusts in a few squalls near the center.

"As we've seen in the past, Pensacola's experienced numerous tropical systems over the course of the last ten years", says Cullen.

Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations are possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes.

Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters.

"We had no impacts from the storm and operations resumed as normal this morning", said Gresham. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, the largest privately owned crude terminal in the United States, also said it was operating normally.

Similarly, a storm surge led to flooding along the Gulf Coast and barrier islands. "Now is the time to get your plans all set".

"It's the peak of hurricane season", Hurricane Center director Ken Graham told The Associated Press.