Overnight, Tropical Storm Gordon hit the Gulf Coast, dumping rain and powerful winds of 70 miles per hour on three states, spawning tornadoes and kicking up heavy surf in its wake.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency Monday and said 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana.
Emergency management in Escambia County reported to the Weather Service that a tree had blown down on a mobile home, causing one fatality.
At LaFrance Marina near Ansley, Mississippi, a mile north of Heron Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, marina owner Sue Cates said that a tidal surge is sure to push water into the marina's low-lying campgrounds, making evacuation "the only choice" people have to protect themselves. By Wednesday afternoon the numbers were down to about 5,800 in Alabama, 3,000 in MS and a little more than 2,000 in Florida.
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Gulfport was providing sand and bags to residents, and Kenny Macdonald was filling them up for himself and older residents.
Authorities have yet to release the name or age of the child. "You don't want to take it lightly, of course", MacDonald 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.
"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. From an altitude of 255 miles, cameras outside the space station watched as the storm moved northwest at 15 mph (24 km/h).
"We're asking people to do the same things that we're doing: prepare", Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said in a statement.
He said the risk of flash flooding was moderate in Alabama and the area where Arkansas, Louisiana and MS converge.
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United States oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp evacuated workers and shut production at two offshore platforms on Monday, and other companies with production and refining operations along the Gulf Coast said they were securing facilities.
The city expected to feel the storm's impact beginning late Tuesday and through Wednesday, she said.
Driftwood and other debris on the causeway made for hazardous driving early Wednesday to nearby Dauphin Island, where streets were submerged in seawater overnight.
Similarly, a storm surge led to flooding along the Gulf Coast and barrier islands.
The peak of hurricane season is September 10.
Anadarko also said it plans to begin moving workers back to two offshore sites and will restart production as quickly as possible.
Tropical Storm Gordon tracks toward central Gulf coast; landfall expected tonight
The National Weather Service said conditions were "possible" for tornadoes in the affected parts of South Florida on Monday night. Cantrell said the city expects to see impact of the storm beginning late Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday.