Tropical storm Claudette floods parts of Gulf Coast

Tropical storm Claudette floods parts of Gulf Coast

AP's earlier story follows below.

Claudette is forecast to become a tropical storm again as it passes off the Carolina coast.

Bryan Harrell told news outlets that a search was underway for a man who was possibly swept away by flooding. Sellers did not immediately identify the victims and a medical examiner could not be reached early Sunday.

Approximately 12 inches of rain was reported along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and high winds continued around 30 miles per hour. "Tropical storm conditions are possible in northeastern SC tonight and Monday, where a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect".

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

As of Saturday evening, Claudette weakened from a tropical storm into a tropical depression, but continued to wreak havoc across parts of Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida panhandle.

Following the rescue, the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency took to social media to announce that Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help anyone affected. A shelter was opened in Northport.

Village Creek in Birmingham rose above flood stage to 13 feet (4 meters), the National Weather Service in Birmingham tweeted.

"A turn toward the east-northeast is expected tonight and Sunday", NHC forecaster Jack Beven said.

Reports on Saturday, said tropical storm Claudette brought nine inches of rain to parts of Louisiana.

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 was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 48 miles (77 kilometers) 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".

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

Damage from the storm was also felt in north Florida, where winds - in some cases reaching 85 miles per hour (137 kph) - caused an 18-wheeler to flip on its side.

The storm also dumped flooding rains north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the MS coast, inundating streets and, in some areas, pushing water into homes.

"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. The main threat of tornadoes is from Sunday afternoon through Monday morning.

Heavy rainfall of 6 to 10 inches (about 15 to 25 centimeters) 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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