Child killed as tropical storm makes landfall

A child was killed in Pensacola, Florida as tropical storm Gordon whipped the Alabama and western Florida Panhandle coasts with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, a spokeswoman with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

Posted: Sep 5, 2018 10:25 PM
Updated: Sep 5, 2018 10:35 PM

Tropical Storm Gordon poured rain on the Gulf Coast region Wednesday after it made landfall west of the Alabama-Mississippi border, killing a child in the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.

The child died when a tree fell on top of a mobile home in Pensacola, as Gordon whipped the region with tropical storm-force winds and heavy downpours, a spokeswoman with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

The child's age and identity were not released. No one else inside the home was injured, spokeswoman Amber Southard said.

The storm's strong winds knocked out power in the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama, leaving at least 30,000 people in the dark, several utility companies said. It was downgraded to a tropical depression later in the day.

"More power outages could be expected ... from downed trees due to strong winds and saturated ground," CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Gordon was about 45 miles northwest of Jackson, Mississippi, with sustained winds of 30 mph. The storm is moving toward the northwest across the lower Mississippi Valley, bringing with it rain and potential flooding. It made landfall late Tuesday.

Gordon could drop heavy rain -- generally 4 to 8 inches, but as many as 12 -- from Florida's western panhandle to southern Arkansas through Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Seawater could spill onshore as high as 3 to 5 feet, spelling significant trouble for roads and towns along the coast.

"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going," CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.

Airlines including Delta, Southwest and Frontier warned that delays and flight cancellations were possible at airports near the Gulf Coast because of the storm, and that they may waive fees for itinerary changes.

West Lafayette
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 53°
Kokomo
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 45°
Rensselaer
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 46°
Fowler
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 46°
Williamsport
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 44°
Crawfordsville
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 42°
Frankfort
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 42°
Delphi
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 50°
Monticello
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 50°
Logansport
Clear
48° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 48°
Below normal temperatures & patches of frost in the north & northeast.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 108646

Reported Deaths: 3478
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion20341757
Lake10013312
Elkhart6198106
St. Joseph586796
Allen5785198
Hamilton4600109
Vanderburgh318126
Hendricks2607120
Monroe224336
Johnson2241122
Tippecanoe211313
Clark205056
Porter197843
Cass19209
Delaware180159
Vigo169621
Madison153075
LaPorte134837
Floyd127961
Howard125163
Kosciusko116717
Bartholomew113257
Warrick104134
Marshall97423
Boone93846
Dubois92118
Hancock89242
Noble86432
Grant85132
Henry73424
Jackson7259
Wayne72214
Morgan68038
Shelby65529
LaGrange62811
Daviess61627
Dearborn61428
Clinton59111
Harrison54824
Putnam5098
Lawrence49928
Montgomery49421
White47114
Knox4659
Decatur44739
Gibson4344
DeKalb42511
Miami4202
Greene40935
Fayette40413
Jasper3732
Scott34410
Steuben3447
Sullivan32612
Jennings30512
Franklin29225
Posey2900
Clay2855
Orange27924
Ripley2768
Carroll26713
Wabash2547
Washington2491
Whitley2456
Wells2422
Starke2387
Jefferson2363
Adams2303
Fulton2292
Tipton21522
Huntington2073
Randolph2047
Perry20014
Spencer1984
Jay1640
Newton16411
Owen1621
Martin1560
Rush1484
Pike1331
Vermillion1210
Fountain1152
Pulaski1121
Blackford1072
Crawford980
Brown933
Parke902
Benton880
Union760
Ohio757
Switzerland660
Warren381
Unassigned0225

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events