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Tropical Storm Claudettebut continues to batter parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the Florida panhandle with high winds on Saturday, tearing roofs off houses and flipping an 18-wheeler and a mobile home. Multiple tornadoes have been reported from the storm.
After weakening to a tropical depression Saturday, Claudette iswhen it moves across the Carolinas Sunday night or early Monday.
Claudette made landfall in southeast Louisiana just before 7 a.m. CT Saturday as heavy rains and tropical storm-force winds — at least 39 mph — continued along parts of the northern Gulf Coast, forcing cancellations of Juneteenth and Father's Day celebrations,. that tropical storm-force winds are expected to continue along portions of the Gulf Coast for a few more hours.
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The storm is expected to produce heavy rain of 5 to 10 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches across portions of the Central Gulf Coast and life-threatening flash floods across coastal Mississippi and Alabama, as well as the far western Florida Panhandle,. Considerable flash, urban and small stream flooding is expected to along the central Gulf Coast with floods spreading northeastward into the interior Southeast.
Tornado warnings and watches were issuedand . A tornado was confirmed near Blakely, Georgia at 1:38 p.m. ET and was moving north at 30 mph, .
Storm expected to be another blow to Gulf Coast businesses
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A weekend that was supposed to be filled with celebrations of Juneteenth and Father’s Day has turned dreary in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, where an unpredictable tropical weather system has brought wind, heavy rain and fears of flooding to a region where some have sandbags still left over from last year’s record-breaking hurricane season. With virus restrictions loosened and summer near, business owners across the Gulf Coast — everyone from restaurateurs to swamp boat operators — had been anticipating an influx of tourist cash after a year of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic and relentless storms.
Along with flooding and tornadoes, there is a high risk of rip currents and high surf at beaches in affected areas near Gulf Coast shores.
A tropical storm watchfor portions of the North Carolina coast, which may see tropical storm conditions Sunday night and Monday.
In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwardsand to aid in storm response efforts. Louisiana was also when spring storms were blamed for multiple deaths.
Residents of Slidell, Louisiana, reported flooded streets. Slidell policethat the flooding had largely receded by daybreak, after swamping as many as 50 cars and trucks with water and prompting multiple rescues from flooded cars, including the rescue of a woman "who was on her way to the hospital, possibly going into labor."
Storm Claudette Likely Behind Death of 10, Including 9 Children, in Alabama Vehicle Crash
Tropical Storm Claudette was cited as the likely cause in a vehicle accident in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children.Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on the wet roads on Interstate 65. One of the vehicles involved in the crash was from Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch.
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An 18-wheeler hit several utility poles and flipped on its side during 85 mph winds early Saturday in Florida, causing highways lanes to close, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Debris from the accident, including a collapsed utility pole, struck a passing SUV.
Residents of Pace,, called 911 to report a possible twister that tore the roofs off two homes and damaged at least three others.
nine kids dead in a carambola in Alabama, swept by the storm Claudette
© Staff The place of accident that made 10 dead Saturday, near Greenville (Alabama) nine children, including eight darling daughters of 'A home, have died in a tragic carambola in the American state of Alabama, a drama that took ten people in total. The accident, on Saturday, is "probably" related to the Claudette Storm, which ravaged several states in the southern United States, Sundayed Sunday at AFP the Legist Doctor of Butler County.
“Nobody’s hurt,” said Sarah Whitfield, spokeswoman for Santa Rosa County, where the Florida homes were damaged. “We’re just thankful it happened after sunrise,” not overnight as people slept.
Possible tornadoes in Alabama damaged a fishing pier and flipped a mobile home, said Jason Beaman, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Mobile.
“We’ve got little squalls running through. It’ll rain really really hard for a few minutes and slack up for a few minutes,” said Glen Brannan of the Mobile County, Alabama, Emergency Management Agency early Saturday. “Just a lot of water on the roads.”
The weather system began as a broad area of low pressure in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. It's the third storm of the 2021 season that began this month.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted 13 to 20 named storms will develop this season. This number includes tropical storms, which contain wind speeds of 39 mph or higher. Storms become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph.
To prepare for a possible tropical storm, experts recommend restocking disaster kits to have medications and at least seven days of nonperishable food and three gallons of water for each person and pet. You can also prepare your yard by removing loose items, clearing loose and clogged rain gutters, and trimming trees and shrubs.
Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend
Tropical Depression Claudette pushed through the Southeast. The U.S. celebrated its first Juneteenth as a federal holiday. It's the weekend's news.Claudette, which had tropical storm status at one point on Saturday, struck parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle with high winds, tearing roofs off houses and flipping an 18-wheeler and a mobile home. Claudette is forecast to re-strengthen into a tropical storm Sunday night over eastern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.
Contributing: The Associated Press; Diane Pantaleo and staff, Pensacola News Journal.
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Small Alabama community mourns loss of 9 children in car crash .
Mourners gathered at a local high school to grieve and pray together after Saturday's deadly accident.Eight of the children, ages 3 to 17, were traveling in a vehicle owned by a residential home for youths when they were killed in Butler County, Alabama, about an hour southwest of Montgomery.