Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Baby killed as Tropical Storm Gordon pummeled Florida

Baby killed as Tropical Storm Gordon pummeled Florida

John and Robin Berry of Nashville, Tennessee, vacationing on Dauphin Island, Alabama, had to evacuate the beachfront home they had rented for the week, but they didn't go very far: "There are no dunes and there's no protection, so the realty company we rented from moved us across the street and down so that we would be safe", Robin Berry said just ahead of the storm. The center of Gordon is expected to track northwest today and eventually the weather will quiet down in Alabama.

Gordon continues to weaken and spin over central Mississippi. The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered the child had been killed. Power was restored for all of those households by noon Wednesday.

"We ducked a punch", said Mayor Andrew Gilich of Biloxi, whose office noted that he is a former boxer.

Locally, a day of rain and storms from the tropical storm passed in the Golden Triangle without any significant damage. He was still without electricity as he left for his 12-hour shift.

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"I just hope I don't have to throw out everything in my refrigerator when I get home", said Jerome Richardson, spending the morning at a Mobile Waffle House after losing power the night before at his home. It wasn't almost as bad as when Nate, the last hurricane to strike the US, came ashore last October in nearby Biloxi, Mississippi. And in Kansas, where hundreds of people were rescued from flash flooding this week, the governor declared a state of emergency in several counties. We'll have to keep an eye on rain totals because this system will certainly produce heavy rain in parts of in but we should wait another 12-24 hours before we can confidently say just where.

Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters.

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. "Now is the time to get your plans all set".

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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