Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-06-20 07:05:00 –
New Orleans >> Forecasters warned that when a tropical cyclone claudette traveled to the coastal states early today, there would be life-threatening flash floods in parts of the Deep South, especially in central Alabama.
Heavy rains caused high water levels in the metropolitan areas of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa from late Saturday to early today.
More than 20 people were rescued by boat in the floods in Northport, Alabama, according to WVUA-TV reports. The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency tweeted that local Red Cross volunteers were at hand to help those affected.
And Captain Brian Harrell of the Birmingham Fire Rescue Team told the press that a search for a man who might have been flooded is underway.
The National Weather Service in Birmingham tweeted that nearby Village Creek in Ensley had risen above the flood level to 13 feet (4 meters).
The rapidly changing situation came when Claudette began attacking parts of Georgia and Carolina early today.
The system was located approximately 85 miles (135 km) west-southwest of Atlanta and had a sustained wind of 30 mph (45 kph). The National Hurricane Center said in a recommendation this morning that it was moving east-northeast at 13 mph (20 km).
A tropical cyclone warning has been issued from the Little River Inlet in North Carolina to the town of Duck in the Outer Banks. Forecasts have issued tropical cyclone surveillance in the Little River Inlet on the South Santee River, South Carolina.
Claudet was expected to cross the Atlantic Ocean on Monday and regain the strength of tropical cyclones in eastern North Carolina.
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.
Shortly after landing, suspected tornadoes caused by a storm destroyed or severely damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.
Escambia County Sheriff Heath Jackson said the alleged tornado “almost leveled” the mobile home park, knocked down trees in the house, and stripped 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 km) north of Pensacola, Florida.
“It affected everyone,” Jackson said. “But these mobile homes are built very close together, so they can cost far more than homes in remote locations.”
There were no immediate reports of serious injury or death.
The damage caused by the storm was also felt in northern Florida, where winds (sometimes reaching 85 mph (137 kph)) rolled over 18-wheeled vehicles.
The storm also rained floods north of Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, and along the Mississippi 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, the tropical cyclone Dolores landed on the west coast of Mexico with forces close to a hurricane. As of this morning, it had dissipated over Mexico. The wreckage had maximum sustained winds of 25 mph (35 kph) and was centered about 170 miles (275 km) east of Mazatlan, Mexico.
A total of 15 inches (38 centimeters) of heavy rainfall was expected throughout the weekend in the southwestern and western coastal areas of Mexico. Forecasters warned of possible flash floods and landslides.
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