Claudette may bring tropical-storm conditions to North Carolina Outer Banks

Claudette may bring tropical-storm conditions to North Carolina Outer Banks

Claudette may bring tropical-storm conditions to North Carolina Outer Banks

Meanwhile, almost two dozen people were rescued by boat in Northport, Alabama, due to flooding, WVUA-TV reported. The cloudet was predicted to migrate to the Atlantic Ocean on Monday and regain the strength of tropical cyclones in the open ocean on Tuesday. Earlier, it also caused flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Tropical Depression Claudette is headed for the Peach State. The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency tweeted that local Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help those who were affected.

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.

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.

Maximum sustained winds for Claudette reportedly remain at around 45 mph with higher gusts and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles east from the center.

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.

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.

"It affected everyone", Jackson said.

Claudette is expected to weaken to a tropical depression before becoming a tropical storm again when it moves into the Carolinas. "But these mobile homes are built very close together, so they can cost far more than homes in remote locations".

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

Forecasters said the system could dump 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of rain in the region, with isolated accumulations of 15 inches (38 centimeters) possible.

"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the Hurricane Center writes. As of Sunday morning, maximum sustained winds remain near 30 miles per hour (45 km/h) with higher gusts. Forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides.

Heavy rainfall of 6 to 10 inches (about 15 to 25 centimeters) was expected across the southwest and western coastal areas of Mexico throughout the weekend.

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