Tropical depression Claudette continues with heavy rain in southeast region, NHC says

Ruben Hill
Июня 20, 2021

As much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain was reported earlier from Claudette along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

From there, the depression is set to move into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.

As Claudette plowed into the northern Gulf Coast late Friday and early Saturday, it produced five to 10 inches of rain in southeastern Louisiana and coastal MS, with isolated amounts of almost a foot, leading to areas of flooding.

A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for the Outer Banks, as Claudette is expected to bring heavy rains, high winds, and minor coastal flooding to Eastern N.C. starting Sunday night, per a recent update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.

Tropical Depression Claudette will move east-northeast through Sunday and is forecast to strengthen to a Tropical Storm and move over North Carolina tonight into Monday.

The National Hurricane Center declared Claudette organized enough to qualify as a named storm at 4am on Saturday, well after the storm's center of circulation had come ashore southwest of New Orleans.

Along the coast, Claudette produced a storm surge of two to three feet above normally dry land from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, resulting in areas of inundation. The Alabama News Network reported that 15 to 20 people were injured.

Following the rescue, the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency took to social media to announce that Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help anyone affected.

Shortly after landfall, a suspected tornado spurred by the storm demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.

Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson said the alleged tornado "almost leveled" the mobile home park, knocked down trees in the house, and stripped the roof of the high school gymnasium.

Straight-line wind gusts reached 60 mph in parts of coastal MS, but the storm's most destructive element proved to be a tornado it spawned in Brewton, Ala., about 60 miles east-northeast of Mobile, near the Florida Panhandle.

Officials in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida reported heavy damage to homes, streets, and vehicles. The storm then fell on the Florida Panhandle and a large area of Alabama, quite inland.

Forecasters said the system could still dump 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain in the region, with isolated accumulations of 8 inches (20 centimeters) possible. The main threat of tornadoes is from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

Separately, the tropical cyclone Dolores landed on the west coast of Mexico with forces close to a hurricane.

The NHC noted that a National Ocean Service station on Petit Bois Island, Miss. had recently recorded maximum winds of 39 miles per hour with a gust to 46 miles per hour.

Claudette is expected to produce rainfall totals of five to ten inches and isolated areas of 15 inches across areas in the central Gulf Coast.

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