Tropical Storm Gordon Hits Gulf Coast, Killing a Child in Florida

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As of Wednesday night, more than 2,000 homes and businesses remained without power as utility companies restored service for tens of thousands of customers across the region.

Downpours have flooded streets in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi as the storm headed north and threatened to bring heavy rains to the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest over the next few days, the NHC said.

Pictures on social media showed damaged roofs and debris-strewn beaches and roads. Neighbor Amanda Ray told the Pensacola News Journal she heard a crack and a scream as the limb fell around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The child's age and identity were not released. Forecasters predicted total rain amounts of 4-8 inches (10-20 centimeters) in parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and IL. In Biloxi, fisherman Ndoc Nguyen was returning with his shrimp boat to the marina. It wasn't almost as bad as when Nate, the last hurricane to strike the US, came ashore last October in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi.

BSEE also said 266.08 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) of natural gas output was shut on Wednesday in the Gulf, an increase of 34.08 mmcfd from Tuesday.

"This is the price you pay to look at this attractive water and enjoy the coast", Pascagoula resident Richard Whitlock said as he raked leaves and branches from his yard overlooking the Gulf.

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Mayors of barrier islands in the storm's path had warned that their communities might get cut off from the mainland.

"I just hope I don't have to throw out everything in my refrigerator when I get home", he said.

The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season will affect Bermuda's surf by Friday, but it was too early to say whether it would hit land.

Santana reported from Pascagoula, Mississippi. "If you haven't done so already, now would be a good time to review your Family Emergency Plan and your Emergency Supply Checklist".

Associated Press contributors include Stacey Plaisance in Gulfport, Miss; Kevin McGill in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Jeff Martin and Ben Nadler in Atlanta; Emily Wagster Pettus and Jeff Amy in Jackson, Mississippi; Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama; Rebecca Santana in New Orleans; Melinda Deslatte in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, South Carolina.

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