"I'm just praying these storms remain away from land", Graves said. The center of Gordon is expected to track northwest today and eventually the weather will quiet down in Alabama.
The storm made landfall late Tuesday and is blamed for the death of a baby in a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida. Crews were already restoring electricity early Wednesday in the wake of the storm.
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.
Downpours have flooded streets in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi as the storm headed north and threatened to bring heavy rains to the Mississippi Valley and the Midwest over the next few days, the NHC said. In parts of Iowa, major cities have taken precautions against rising rivers.
Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana had all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. "AAA forecasts the national average will drop to $2.70 per gallon this fall, dragging state averages even lower in some cases".
But Hurricane Florence, which generated sustained winds of 130 miles per hour on Wednesday, was well to the east of even Bermuda and was not expected to threaten the island until next week at the earliest. MS shut down a dozen Gulf Coast casinos.
"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". A dozen casinos that shut down were allowed to reopen at noon Wednesday. Siding was peeled off some houses, but Mayor Jeff Collier said "for the most part, we did OK". "We're very fortunate, but at the same time, we never want to become complacent".
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. The heaviest rain is still lifting across the western half of Alabama and causing flooding, especially south. It was downgraded to a tropical depression later in the day.