"The preparation, coordination and cooperation by citizens during this storm greatly minimized the impact across our state", Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama said Wednesday, sounding much like Gov. Phil Bryant of MS, who said that his state's coast was "relatively unscathed". Rainfall could be even more intense in isolated spots - up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) through early Saturday.
A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded as well. The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered that the child had been killed.
"Fortunately we had some power crews staged in Hattiesburg, Ms, early afternoon yesterday, so the utility companies will be working together to getting peoples power restored back as quickly as possible. Sometimes it starts pushing not only water across but debris, logs and things of that nature, which makes it very treacherous to get across", said Jeff Collier, mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama.
"I just hope I don't have to throw out everything in my refrigerator when I get home", he said.
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.
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Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana had all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. 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.
Forty-eight production platforms in offshore production area remained evacuated on Wednesday, six fewer than on Tuesday.
The storm made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 70 miles per hour. Communities along the coast provided sand and bags, and many hustled to protect their properties ahead of the storm.
New Orleans, which had braced for severe flooding, was unscathed.
Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters. 2-3 inches of rain is likely over the Tri-State with heavier amounts in our far northern counties. "Now is the time to get your plans all set".