Flash flood watches stretched Wednesday from the Florida panhandle, through parts of southwest Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and IL.
Emergency management in Escambia County reported to the Weather Service that a tree had blown down on a mobile home, causing one fatality.
This satellite image is from shortly before landfall, around 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday. The name and age were not released. Peak wind gusts of 61 miles per hour had been reported in the area.
Water levels from storm surge along the Gulf of Mexico will gradually subside Wednesday morning, the NHC said.
Coastal communities such as Dauphin Island in Alabama and Shell Beach, Mississippi were among the hardest hit.
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There was some structural damage to properties but mayor Jeff Collier said: "For the most part, we did OK". The landfall took place just west of the border between the usa states of Alabama and Mississippi.
"We're way up here, and I think we'll be okay", she said.
The threat of heavy rains and flooding will continue for several days in the Mississippi Valley, forecasters said. Most areas will see somewhere between 4 to 8 inches of rainfall. The storm, which has since been downgraded to a depression, dumped heavy rains across southern states. Crews were already restoring electricity early Wednesday.
Smith said there's more to it than rain and flooding; it's also the unsafe rip currents and possible power outages. "Now is the time to get your plans all set", he said.
Gordon is expected to produce 4 to 8 inches of rain over the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, northeastern Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, southern Iowa, and IL, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches through early Saturday. On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, 12 casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport were ordered closed Tuesday ahead of Gordon's approach, but all had reopened by early Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Gordon strengthens in the Gulf
The NHC advisory warned that winds up 70mph can be witnessed as Gordon makes the landfall west of Alabama-Mississippi border. The outer rain bands of Tropical Storm Gordon are producing heavy rain and gusty winds along Florida's western panhandle.
Energy companies and port operators along the Gulf Coast were taking steps on Wednesday to resume operations after Gordon shut 9 percent of the region's oil and natural gas production.
New Orleans, which had braced for severe flooding, was unscathed.
The long answer? It's going to be cloudy, muggy and rainy for the rest of the week, but the city's highest chance of rain will be on Friday - when the storm eventually makes its way inland. Hurricane Florence was some 3,900 kilometres away from the US, and lining up behind it, another potential storm was likely to form not far off the coast of Africa.
Meteorologists are keeping a close eye on the Atlantic now, too, and the season's first major hurricane named Florence.
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