Driftwood and other debris made for hazardous driving early Wednesday on the causeway to Dauphin Island, Alabama, which was partly flooded by seawater overnight, leaving people to drive over sand and around lawn furniture on the main road. Siding was peeled off some houses, but Mayor Jeff Collier said "for the most part, we did OK".
The central part of the state may receive six or more inches of rain from the former tropical storm, which passed over the Alabama coast and into MS and Arkansas on Wednesday.
A storm surge covered barrier islands as the storm blew through, and some inland roadways were flooded by the rain. Graves said the net could soon find itself tracking Helene (now called Invest 92L) and a developing system that could become Isaac. The Escambia County Sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that responding deputies discovered that the child had been killed. The name and age were not released. Power was restored for all of those households by noon Wednesday.
"I just hope I don't have to throw out everything in my refrigerator when I get home", said Jerome Richardson, spending the morning at a Mobile Waffle House after losing power the night before at his home.
The last hurricane to strike the USA was Nate last October, coming ashore in Biloxi with 75 miles per hour (120 kph) winds.
Governors in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana had all declared states of emergency to better mobilize state resources and National Guard troops for the storm. Each day's rainfall will be uneven, but the cumulative effect of numerous showers and storms over several days should be enough to spread a good one to two inch soaking over the region.
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.
"If you are less than 3 to 5 feet above sea level (in the warning area), you need to get away from that water, especially up those rivers, because that's where that water will be going", CNN meteorologist Chad Myers said.