NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Tropical Depression Gordon was expected on Thursday to face further heavy rains that could cause flooding in central US states when Hurricane Florence, a Monster Category 3 storm, headed for Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) turned to fall.
Floods of Tropical Storm Gordon are seen in front of a house in Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA, September 5, 2018. REUTERS / Jonathan Bachman
Rains flooded the streets of Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi as the storm headed north, threatening to bring heavy rains into the Mississippi Valley and Midwest over the next few days, the NHC said.
Some areas could reach 13 cm of rain on Thursday and cause flooding, the center said.
The storm that hit the ground on Tuesday has been causing only minimal damage to property, the NHC said, but a 2-year-old girl died when a tree fell on a RV in Pensacola, Florida, authorities said.
By Wednesday night, more than 2,000 homes and businesses were out of power as utilities restored service to tens of thousands of customers across the region.
Gulf Coast energy companies and port operators took steps to resume normal operations after Gordon shut down 9 percent of the region's oil and gas production.
Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Wednesday after worries over the storm waned.
On the way to Bermuda
In Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm on a five-point scale, Hurricane Florence flew to Bermuda on Wednesday, reaching a maximum wind of 125 mph (205 km / h).
The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season will affect the Bermuda surf until Friday, but it was too early to say if he would hit the country.
"Swells from Florence could reach the US East Coast early next week," said the NHC.
Florence was on Wednesday evening 1,290 kilometers east-southeast of Bermuda.
A slowdown is predicted in the coming days, "but Florence is expected to remain a major hurricane early next week," said the NHC.
Reporting by Kathy Finn; Additional coverage by Gina Cherelus of New York, Brendan O'Brien of Milwaukee, Bernie Woodall of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Dan Whitcomb of Los Angeles; Cut by Lisa Shumaker and Darren Schüttler