Tropical Storm Gordon weakened into a depression on Wednesday after making landfall Tuesday night near the Alabama-Mississippi border and killing a child when a tree fell in a Florida mobile home, the National Center for Natural Resources said. Hurricanes
While the center of the storm was inland on Wednesday, it was still spewing heavy rain and causing flooding in western Florida and the Alabama coast. The damage to the property was minimal.
The storm was about 5 miles (8 km) west of Jackson, Mississippi, with maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour), the NHC said. It is likely to move along the lower Mississippi valley throughout the day, causing heavy rains and flooding, the NHC added.
One child died when a large tree fell into a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida, around 9 p.m. local time, said a spokeswoman for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.
Separately, the NHC named Wednesday the storm Florence, which was 1,370 miles (2,205 km) east-southeast of Bermuda, as the first major hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season 2018 with winds of 125 miles per hour (201 km / h).
It was too early to say where or if Florence would land or hit the continental United States, said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
"Bermuda is still out of the five-day cone," Feltgen said by telephone, referring to the area in which the NHC could go through the storm.
Brian Hurley, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Maryland, said heavy rains would accompany Gordon's remains in Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri in the coming days.
He said the risk of flash floods was moderate in Alabama and the area where Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi converge.
Moderate to heavy floods were observed on the roads of Dauphin Island, Alabama and along the Alabama coast, along with some downed trees, according to video reports from WKRG in Mobile, Alabama.
Power companies and port operators along the Gulf coast took action on Wednesday to resume operations after Gordon closed 9 percent of the region's oil and natural gas production.
After fear subsided due to the storm, oil prices fell about 1 percent on Wednesday.