Heavy Rains in Florida's Panhandle as TD Claudette Heads North | NewsRadio WFLA

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2021

Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond said multiple people were also injured.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to cause flash flooding across the region, which will continue throughout the weekend. AP's earlier story follows below.

A tropical storm watch had been issued for parts of the North Carolina coast, which could feel the effects by Sunday night. Sellers did not immediately identify the victims and a medical examiner could not be reached early Sunday. Earlier, it also caused flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour are now forecast for the Outer Banks, and the most likely time of arrival of tropical storm-force winds for Eastern North Carolina is after midnight tonight into early Monday, however, the Outer Banks could see tropical-storm force winds as early as Sunday evening.

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

Storm surge could reach between 1 to 3 feet in areas from Cape Lookout, NC to the North Carolina-Virginia border.

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 shelter was opened in Northport.

The system was located about 25 miles (35 kilometers) west of Atlanta.

Claudet was declared well organized to qualify as a named tropical cyclone early Saturday morning, long after the center of the storm cycle landed southwest of New Orleans.

Tornadoes are possible tonight across southeast Alabama, the western Florida Panhandle, and southwest Georgia.

Sheriff Heath Jackson estimated that at least 50 homes had been "pretty much" demolished by the storm, which also toppled trees onto houses and ripped the roof off a nearby school gym. Most of the damage occurred in or near the towns of Bruton and East Bruton, about 48 miles (77 km) north of Pensacola, Florida.

"It affected everyone", Jackson said. "But with those mobile homes being built so close together it can take a toll on them a lot more than it can on houses that are spread apart".

The National Weather Service received three reports of tornadoes in southern Alabama and four in southwestern Georgia.

The storm also rained floods north of Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, and along the MS coast, flooding the streets and, in some areas, pushing water into homes. The storm then fell on the Florida Panhandle and a large area of Alabama, quite inland.

According to forecasters, the system can rain 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) in the area, allowing an isolated accumulation of 15 inches (38 centimeters).

Separately, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on Mexico's west coast with near-hurricane force. The main threat of tornadoes is from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. Forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides.

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