Gordon careened into the coastline around 10 p.m., clocking maximum sustained winds of 70 miles-per-hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Warnings are up in Alabama and Mississippi.
Gordon will bring strong winds as well as sporadic tornadoes to the Alabama and Florida coasts as well as heavy rainfall with the potential for flash flooding across the western Florida Panhandle, southwest Alabama, southern and central MS, northeastern Louisiana and southern Arkansas.
States of emergency were issued for Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Alabama.
More than 27,000 households were without power as Gordon began moving ashore, mostly in coastal Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle, and a few hundred in southeastern Mississippi. Officials haven't released the child's identity.
"Never enter an intersection with the lights inoperative unless you've stopped and are aware of what's coming into the intersection", Elmore said.
On Sept. 5 at 3:10 a.m. EDT (0710 UTC) Aqua passed over the Gulf coast again, and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard measured infrared temperatures.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Florence has flourished in the face of southwesterly wind shear and has become the first major hurricane of this year's season. S.J. who attends Walker Elementary School, and Destiny, a senior at Crestview High School, said they were happy to have the day off from school.More news: Tropical Storm Gordon lashes south Florida as it heads toward Gulf Coast
A storm surge warning was in effect for the coast between Biloxi, Mississippi and Dauphin Island, Alabama, with predicted heights of up to 2 to 4 feet if the peak surge coincides with high tide. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 miles per hour (55 kph) with higher gusts in a few squalls near the center.
By the end of the week, tropical moisture from Gordon is forecast to continue to fuel heavy rain right across the region.
"There are no dunes and there's no protection, so the realty company we rented from moved us across the street and down so that we would be safe", said Robin Berry.
Gordon was not the only storm being watched by forecasters. No one else was injured.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared emergencies.
The storm left many businesses on Florida's Gulf Coast feeling shortchanged by the holiday weekend. Workers on at least 54 oil and gas production platforms were evacuated.
The peak of hurricane season is September 10.
"It will take time to get back to everything".