Gordon dumps heavy rains, Hurricane
Florence barrels toward Bermuda
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[September 06, 2018]
By Kathy Finn
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Tropical Depression
Gordon was expected on Thursday to dump more rain on central U.S.
states, while Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 3 storm, churned
toward Bermuda, 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.
Some areas in northwest Mississippi, much of Arkansas and into the
Midwest could get up to 7 inches (18 cm) of rain, with isolated amounts
reaching 10 inches through Saturday, and is likely to cause flash
flooding, the center said.
The storm, which made landfall late on Tuesday, has caused minimal
property damage so far, the NHC said, but a two-year-old girl died when
a tree fell on a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida, authorities said.
As of Thursday morning, less than 1,000 homes and businesses remained
without power, according to PowerOutages.us as utility companies
restored service for tens of thousands of customers across the region.
Energy companies and port operators along the Gulf Coast took steps to
resume normal operations after Gordon shut 9 percent of the region's oil
and natural gas production.
Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Wednesday, after fears about the
TRACKING TOWARD BERMUDA
In the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm on a
five-step scale, headed for Bermuda on Thursday, packing maximum
sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (mph) (185 km per hour).
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A car passes a sign after Tropical Storm Gordon in Dauphin Island,
Alabama, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman
The first major hurricane of the Atlantic season will affect
Bermuda's surf by Friday, but it was too early to say whether it
would hit land.
"Swells generated by Florence will begin to affect Bermuda on Friday
and will reach portions of the U.S. East Coast over the weekend,"
the agency said. "These swells are likely to cause life-threatening
surf and rip current conditions."
Florence was 1,170 miles east-southeast of Bermuda on Thursday
Florence will continue to weaken during the next couple of days, but
it "is expected to remain a strong hurricane for the next several
days," the NHC said.
(Reporting by Kathy Finn; additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in
New York, Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee, Bernie Woodall in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; editing by Lisa
Shumaker, Dale Hudson and Larry King)
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