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Child killed as Tropical Storm Gordon makes landfall on US Gulf Coast

Authorities have declared emergencies in several areas.

Dania Beach, Florida pictured yesterday.
Dania Beach, Florida pictured yesterday.
Image: Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS/Sipa USA

TROPICAL STORM GORDON has made landfall on the US Gulf Coast, killing a child and leaving thousands without electricity after it rushed ashore with gusting winds and heavy rain.

The storm struck along the border of Alabama and Mississippi with winds blowing at up to 112km/h, which later eased somewhat.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in both states and in New Orleans in Louisiana – devastated in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.

Gordon knocked out power to about 24,000 customers across Alabama, Florida and Mississippi, news reports said.

The fatality came in Pensacola, Florida when a tree fell on a mobile home and killed a child, the National Weather Service said.

Gordon was expected to flood coastal areas and dump heavy rains in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.

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A second Atlantic storm, Florence, meanwhile grew into a Category 2 Hurricane over open seas. Its maximum sustained winds have increased to 100 miles per hour but it was not presently threatening any inhabited land.

© AFP 2018

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