Flash flood watch, heavy rains likely as Gordon moves north (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Flash flood watch, heavy rains likely as Gordon moves north (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Flash flood watch, heavy rains likely as Gordon moves north (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

More than 27,000 homes and business were without power as Tropical Storm Gordon made landfall late Tuesday just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border.

The depression is located about 40 km south-southeast of Jackson, Mississippi with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour, the NHC said.

The storm was going out swinging: Forecasters said radar spotted possible tornadoes spun off by the storm overnight in southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, and more were possible through Wednesday night in MS and western Alabama.

The National Hurricane Center said Gordon should weaken rapidly after it moves inland from the central Gulf Coast, but that doesn't diminish concerns about flooding.

Local media has reported a young child was killed when a tree fell on a mobile home.

National Weather Service offices in Missouri and Oklahoma said Gordon's remnants could add to the rain caused by a frontal boundary already causing heavy rains in parts of the Midwest.

Along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center has warned life-threatening storm surge inundation is possible as Tropical Storm Gordon moves ashore.

Gulfport was among communities providing sand and bags to residents, and Kenny Macdonald filled them for himself and older residents.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the Flood Protection Authority-East, or FPA, closed 38 floodgates, 13 valve gates and a concrete barge gate on the Lake Borgne Surge Barrier near New Orleans, according to a news release. "What can you do", she said.

On Sept. 5 at 3:10 a.m. EDT (0710 UTC) Aqua passed over the Gulf coast again, and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard measured infrared temperatures. But Mayor Latoya Cantrell says they are prepared. Maximum sustained winds are at 35 miles per hour.

The drier air that has been entrenched over Southeastern Louisiana for much of the afternoon is started to retreat to the west, so it is possible for a few of the rain bands to push through the North Shore and metro New Orleans during the evening and overnight hours bringing tropical storm force winds.

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

Energy companies and port operators along the Gulf Coast were taking steps on Wednesday to resume operations after Gordon shut 9 percent of the region's oil and natural gas production.

One thing is evident as we scan the Atlantic basin: the tropics are starting to bubble up and right on cue with the statistical peak of hurricane season. "We have multiple types of units that we can send based on the road conditions so if an ambulance is not able to make it to your resident, we do have other types of vehicles that we can get in to provide the care that you might need", Smith said.

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