Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall
Tropical storm Gordon made landfall near the Alabama Mississippi border. It had maximum sustained winds of 70mph.
Forecasters say remnants of Gordon could cause flash flooding across parts of seven states — as far north as southern Iowa — in coming days.
In an early morning update Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to leave total rain amounts of 4-8 inches in the Florida panhandle and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.
Some areas could get as much as 12 inches of rain. The storm is expected to weaken to a tropical depression sometime Wednesday morning.
One child in the panhandle of Florida could be the first casualty from the storm. A tree fell on a mobile home and the child was found deceased.
You can not rule out tornadoes as the storms move through Mississippi and western Alabama.
The National Weather Service issued several tornado warnings in south Alabama and the Florida panhandle after radar indicated possible twisters associated with the storm. There were not any immediate damage reports.
While not hurricane strength, the tropical system downed trees, flooded roadways and brought heavy rainfall as it moved inland Wednesday morning.