Alabama mobile home park damaged by Tropical Storm Claudette

Grant Boone
June 21, 2021

Officials in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida reported heavy damage to homes, streets, and vehicles.

Ten people - including nine children - have been killed after in a crash involving 18 vehicles in the storm-hit U.S. state of Alabama on Saturday.

Three people in Escambia County were injured by the tornado, according to the county's Emergency Management Agency. AP's earlier story follows below.

A tropical cyclone claudette claimed that 12 people were killed in Alabama as a storm struck the southeastern United States, spurring flash floods and tornadoes and destroying dozens of homes. The seller did not immediately identify the victim and was unable to contact the Inspector General early on Sunday. This indicates that tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. A tropical storm watch was issued South Santee River, South Carolina, to the Little River Inlet, forecasters said.

Much of the North Carolina coast, from Little River Inlet to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds, is under a tropical storm warning, according to the NHC.

Claudette is expected to produce heavy rains and flash flooding in parts of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama through Monday. A shelter has been opened in Northport. Rising water levels present a larger threat.

The system was located about 25 miles west of Atlanta.

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"A turn toward the northeast is expected later today, followed by a motion toward the east-northeast tonight or Sunday".

As Claudette raged as a tropical storm Saturday morning, a tornado hit the southern Alabama community of East Brewton, the Brewton Fire Department said, according to the National Weather Service.

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. In Slidell, Louisiana about 30 miles north east of New Orleans, cars were seen abandoned in flooded roads.

"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".

Bynum reported from Savannah, Georgia. Reports on Saturday, said tropical storm Claudette brought nine inches of rain to parts of Louisiana. Later, the storm was drenching the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a broad expanse of Alabama.

Separately, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on Mexico's west coast with near-hurricane force. Its remnants had maximum sustained winds of 25 mph (35 kph), and it was centered about 170 miles (275 kilometers) east of Mazatlan, Mexico.

A total of 5-15 inches of rain could fall those areas by storm's end, the NHC said. Forecasters were warning of the potential for flash flooding and mudslides.

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