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US Deadly Claudette re-strengthens to a tropical storm after killing 13 in Alabama

14:51  21 june  2021
14:51  21 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Claudette grew more powerful as it roared off the coast of the Carolinas on Monday, regaining tropical storm status after a deadly race through Alabama.

Claudette's death toll stood at 13, including nine children who died in a multi-vehicle crash Saturday that also claimed the life of a 29-year-old father of one of the children. Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said vehicles likely hydroplaned on a road overwhelmed by floodwaters.

a sign above a body of water: Tropical Storm Claudette flooded a neighborhood in Slidell, La., on June 19. © Gerald Herbert, AP Tropical Storm Claudette flooded a neighborhood in Slidell, La., on June 19.

Monday morning, Claudette had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. The storm was located 65 miles east-southeast of Raleigh, North Carolina, and moving east-northeast at 25 mph, forecasters said.

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A tropical storm warning was in effect from Cape Fear, North Carolina, to the town of Duck on the Outer Banks. But the havoc Claudette wreaked appeared to be ending.

"Tropical Storm #Claudette will exit off the NC coast this morning, with mostly sunny conditions expected behind her," The National Weather Service office in Morehead City posted on Twitter.

13 dead in Alabama due to Claudette: Storm to strengthen on way to East Coast

The storm was expected to move into the Atlantic Ocean, then roll toward Nova Scotia on Tuesday.

In Alabama, what was supposed to be the end of an exciting beach trip ended in a horrific 17-vehicle wreck on I-65 just south of Montgomery. One week after their trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, began and less than two hours from home, a Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch van caught fire, killing eight children inside.

12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including 9 children in car crash; storm to strengthen on way to East Coast

  12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including 9 children in car crash; storm to strengthen on way to East Coast At least 12 died in Alabama after Tropical Storm Claudette hit the South, including nine children in a car crash.Ten people, including nine children, died in a multi-vehicle collision on Saturday that was likely caused by storm-related hydroplaning, Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock told local media. Garlock did not immediately respond to a voicemail left Sunday.

Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches CEO Michael Smith said two children of ranch employee Candice Gulley, who was driving the van, were among those who died in the crash. Gulley, the director of ranch life at Tallapoosa, was pulled from the wreck and has been hospitalized.

"Candice has been with us for years as a house parent, and she has raised over 80 children who have called her mom," Smith said. "She's a super lady who has given her life to raising not-so-fortunate children."

The wreck also Cody Fox, 29, of Marion County, Tennessee, and his 9-month-old daughter, Adriana Fox. They were traveling in another vehicle with Fox's fiancee, who was hospitalized in critical condition. 

The crash, which left 17 vehicles strewn along the interstate, happened at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Butler County, south of Montgomery, ALEA said. 

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Also in Alabama, Makayla Ross, a 23-year-old Fort Payne woman, died Saturday after her car ran off the road into a swollen creek, DeKalb County Deputy Coroner Chris Thacker told WHNT-TV. And a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed Saturday when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits, said Capt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit.

'Our hearts are heavy today as we've learned of 2 fatalities last night in Tuscaloosa," the National Weather Service in Birmingham tweeted. "Rescue efforts continue in Jefferson Co for a man believed to be swept away by flood waters. Our thoughts & prayers go out to these families."

Contributing: Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY; The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Deadly Claudette re-strengthens to a tropical storm after killing 13 in Alabama

Girls living at an Alabama ranch for abused children are mourning the loss of eight 'sisters' killed in a fiery crash .
When eight girls from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch were killed in a crash in Alabama Saturday, they were taken from the sense of family and community many of them had long been searching for. © CNN Ten people died in a multi-vehicle crash in Butler County, Alabama on Saturday. The ranch provides a home for neglected or abused school-aged children, according to the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches, the nonprofit that manages the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch and others across the state.

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