The child, whose age and identity were not released, died when a tree fell on top of a mobile home. That's also about 70 miles south of Mobile, Alabama. The system did not reach the hurricane status previously forecast, however, warnings of "life-threatening" conditions remain in effect for areas expected to be hit with rapidly rising storm surges between MS and Alabama. The agency says flash flooding, high winds and storm surge also threatened the southern part of the state. The storm will move northwest Wednesday bringing rain and potential flooding to Hattiesburg and Jackson, Mississippi.
The third hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season developed this afternoon, with forecasters saying it poses no threat to land at this time.
Satellite footage has estimated the cyclone will strike an area north of New Orleans at about 7pm local time (1am BST).
Hurricane warnings are now in effect until further notice for coastal MS and Alabama and tropical storm warnings remain in effect for the rest of our viewing area. except for Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes.
Pensacola International Airport has reported more than 4 inches of rain, the heaviest total reported so far along the Gulf Coast.
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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city has "the pumps and the power" needed to protect residents.
Prices had jumped the previous day as dozens of United States oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were shut in anticipation of damage from tropical storm Gordon.
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However, the weather service doesnt believe the tropical wave poses a threat to the region because its so disorganized. First, whether or not this system continues to encounter less wind shear as it approaches the Gulf of Mexico.
"You don't know what the intensity of the storm is going to be".
Thousands of residents in South Mississippi were without power at midnight Wednesday after Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall east of Pascagoula.
Though the Louisiana coast remained calm as of early Tuesday evening, Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and companies cut 9 percent of U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and gas production.
"Basically, all the rain thats associated with the tropical storm is being pulled away from us right now", Wynn said.
"When you get the higher waves, water starts splashing across".
"If you live in the coastal counties, especially in surge- and flood-prone areas, it is imperative that you get to a safe place by early afternoon and stay there through Wednesday morning".
Off to the east coast of Florida, storms are developing.