- Claudette has been downgraded to a tropical depression but is expected to strengthen on Sunday night as she heads for the east coast.
- Alabama officials said 10 people, including nine children, died in an accident likely caused by the storm.
- Claudette continued to produce heavy rains and the threat of flash flooding across much of the southeast on Sunday morning.
Tropical Depression Claudette likely claimed at least 12 lives in Alabama as the storm continued to hit and flood parts of the southeastern United States as it moved toward the Atlantic coast and an expected strengthening.
Ten people, including nine children, died on Saturday in a two-vehicle collision in Alabama, which Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock told local media was likely caused by the storm-related hydroplaning. Garlock did not immediately respond to a voicemail message left at his office on Sunday.
Separately, a 24-year-old father and 3-year-old son died in their home when a falling tree struck the residence, Captain Marty Sellers of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office told Tuscaloosa News.
In a Facebook post, Tuscaloosa City Council Chairman Kip Tyner also confirmed the deaths of the father and son and said more than 7 inches of rain had caused widespread flooding, evacuations and motorists trapped. trap.
The deaths came after Claudette beat parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida with high winds on Saturday, ripping roofs off houses and knocking over an 18-wheeler and mobile home. The storm also sparked reports of several tornadoes.
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More … than 20 people were rescued by boat due to flooding in Northport, Alabama, WVUA-TV reported. Additionally, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Captain Bryan Harrell told media a search was underway for a man who was allegedly swept away by the flooding.
Total storm precipitation of 5 to 10 inches with isolated amounts of 15 inches was seen in southeast Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and western Florida, reported the National Hurricane Center Sunday morning.
Claudette continued to produce heavy rains and the threat of flash flooding in much of the southeast, according to the report.
Carrying a maximum sustained wind of 30 miles per hour, the storm is expected to produce additional precipitation of 1 to 3 inches, with isolated highs of up to 6 inches, across Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, north and central. of Georgia and northern South Carolina. during Sunday morning, the report advised.
Bands of heavy rain will occur in parts of central and southern Georgia, central and coastal South Carolina and eastern North Carolina through Monday morning as the weather system will move north and east, according to the report.
“Significant impacts of flash flooding, urban and small stream floods, as well as new and renewed isolated minor to moderate flooding are possible in these areas,” the hurricane center warned.
Claudette is expected to strengthen in a tropical storm Sunday night over eastern North Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said. Further strengthening could occur over the western Atlantic Ocean early Tuesday.
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Contribution: Associated Press