Gordon weakens as storm moves inland, dumps heavy rain on Gulf Coast

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Gordon weakens as storm moves inland, dumps heavy rain on Gulf Coast

Gordon is tearing through the South with heavy rain and dangerous flooding after making landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border Tuesday night.

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The storm killed a child in Pensacola, Florida, when strong winds toppled a tree on his family’s mobile home.

Gordon made landfall as a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. It never became a hurricane, as it was 4 mph short of reaching the required classification of 74 mph winds.

As Gordon weakened to a tropical depression Wednesday morning, the storm left about 38,000 customers without power across Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Even though Gordon is weakening, it is also slowing down and dumping heavy rain as it moves north.

PHOTO: Path of Tropical Depression Gordon.ABC News
Path of Tropical Depression Gordon.

Up to 10 inches of rain fell in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

PHOTO: A flooded parking lot sits near a shutdown portion of US Highway 98 from Tropical Storm Gordon, Sept. 5, 2018, in Spanish Fort, Ala.Dan Anderson/AP
A flooded parking lot sits near a shutdown portion of US Highway 98 from Tropical Storm Gordon, Sept. 5, 2018, in Spanish Fort, Ala.
Charles Phanthapannha stands in the rain outside a bar as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 in Mobile, Ala.AP
Charles Phanthapannha stands in the rain outside a bar as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018 in Mobile, Ala.

By Thursday morning the rain will move into Arkansas with flooding possible there throughout the day.

Some areas in Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois may get as much as a foot of rain.

PHOTO: Heavy rainfall is expected.ABC News
Heavy rainfall is expected.

ABC News’ Briana Montalvo contributed to this report.

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