Forecasters warned that as the tropical depression Claudet crossed the coastal states on Sunday, parts of the southern hinterland, especially central Alabama, will experience life-threatening flash floods.
According to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock, 10 people, including 9 children, were killed in a collision between two vehicles on Saturday, which he said may have slipped on wet roads. Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond said many more people were injured. The victim was not immediately confirmed.
At the same time, Captain Mattiselles of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crime Department told the Tuscaloosa News that a tree fell on their house on the outskirts of Tuscaloosa on Saturday, causing a A 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy died. The seller did not immediately confirm the identity of the victim, and the forensic doctor could not be contacted earlier on Sunday.
Large parts of northern Alabama and Georgia were hit by heavy rains late Saturday, resulting in deaths. Earlier, Claudette on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi reported as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of rain.
The tropical storm warning came into effect in Duck Town, North Carolina from Little River Bay to the Bund. Forecasters say tropical storm observation warnings have been issued from the South Santi River to Little River Bay in South Carolina.
The maximum wind speed is still close to 30 mph (45 m/h). Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center predict that when Claudette goes out into the Atlantic Ocean in eastern North Carolina on Monday, its intensity will return to tropical storm status.
On Sunday, flash flood warnings were issued in northern Georgia, most of South Carolina, the coast of North Carolina, parts of southeastern Alabama, and the Florida panhandle.
The following is the main information at 11 AM EST on Sunday #ClaudiaThe system is still producing heavy rain, and flash floods may occur in most of the southeastern United States. Tornadoes may also occur in parts of Georgia and Carolina today. https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/qwMv7aKL5T
-National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) June 20, 2021
According to WVUA-TV, more than 20 people were rescued by boat due to flooding in Northport, Alabama. The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency said on Twitter that local Red Cross volunteers are ready to help those affected. A shelter was opened in Northport.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham tweeted that Village Creek in Birmingham was 13 feet (4 meters) above the flood level.
The system is located approximately 25 miles (35 kilometers) west of Atlanta. The National Hurricane Center said in an advisory report on Sunday morning that it is moving northeast at 13 miles per hour (20 km/h).
Early on Saturday morning, Claudette was declared well organized to qualify as a tropical storm, when the circulation center of the storm had landed on the coast of southwest New Orleans.
Soon after landing, a tornado suspected of being triggered by a storm destroyed or severely damaged at least 50 houses in a small town in Alabama north of the Florida border.
Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson said a suspected tornado “almost razed” a mobile home park, knocked trees down the house, and tore the roof of the high school gymnasium. Most of the damage occurred in or near the towns of Bruton and East Bruton, about 48 miles (77 kilometers) north of Pensacola, Florida.
“It affects everyone a bit,” Jackson said. “However, because these mobile homes are built so close together, the damage to them may be much greater than scattered homes.”
According to reports, tornadoes also occurred in southwestern Georgia.
The damage from the storm was also felt in northern Florida, where winds—in some cases up to 85 mph (137 km/h)—caused an 18-wheel truck to roll over.
The storm also brought flooding north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the coast of Mississippi, flooding streets and pushing water into homes in some areas. Later, the storm flooded the Florida Panhandle and large areas of Alabama inland.
Forecasters stated that the system may still dump 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of rain in the area, and 8 inches (20 cm) of isolated rain may occur.
In addition, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on the west coast of Mexico with an intensity close to that of a hurricane. As of Sunday morning, it had dissipated over Mexico. The remaining maximum sustained wind speed is 25 mph (35 km/h), concentrated about 170 miles (275 km) east of Mazatlan, Mexico.
Throughout the weekend, up to 15 inches (38 cm) of heavy rainfall is expected in the southwestern and western coastal areas of Mexico. The forecaster warned of the possibility of flash floods and mudslides.