Florence becomes first major storm of Atlantic hurricane season

05 September, 2018, 17:11 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • Florence becomes first major storm of Atlantic hurricane season

The storm's strong winds have knocked out power in the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama, leaving at least 30,000 people in the dark, several utility companies said.

Under its current track, the storm could move into the lower Mississippi Valley by Tuesday night and make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast later in the evening, forecasters said. That's also about 70 miles south of Mobile, Alabama.

While Gordon is expected to weaken rapidly as it continues moving inland, authorities across the Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle are warning residents about widespread flooding and the possibility of a tornado. The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered the child had been killed.

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At least one death has been attributed to the storm; an oak tree fell on a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida - where the wind was gusting around 61 miles per hour (98 kph) - reportedly killing a child. Crews were already restoring electricity early Wednesday in the wake of the storm.

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"The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east of the landfall location, where the surge will be accompanied by large waves", the center said. It wasn't almost as bad as when Nate, the last hurricane to strike the USA, came ashore last October in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi.

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

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

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A forecast track by the NHC shows the storm eventually heading into the central Atlantic by Monday. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said.

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