Hurricane Florence, a monster Category 3 storm, churned toward Bermuda on Thursday while Tropical Depression Gordon was expected to dump more heavy rains that could cause flooding in central U.S. states, the National Hurricane Center said.
Downpours have flooded streets in Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi as Gordon 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 could get up to 5 inches of rain on Thursday and cause flash flooding, the center said.
Gordon, which made landfall late on Tuesday, has caused minimal property damage so far, the NHC said, but a 2-year-old girl died when a tree fell on a mobile home in Pensacola, Florida, authorities said.
As of Wednesday night, more than 2,000 homes and businesses remained without power 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.
In the Atlantic Ocean, Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm on a five-step scale, barreled toward Bermuda on Thursday, packing maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.
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.
Florence was 1,170 miles east-southeast of Bermuda on Thursday morning.
Florence will continue to weaken during the next couple of days, but "is expected to remain a strong hurricane for the next several days," the NHC said.
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