Tropical Storm Claudette Brings Rain and Floods to US Gulf Coast | Weather News

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Flooding had already begun overnight Friday with reports of high water on roads and stranded vehicles.

Tropical Storm Claudette formed along the Gulf Coast of the United States on Saturday morning, causing heavy rains and flooding in coastal states such as Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a 4 a.m. (8:00 GMT) warning that the storm was located 45 miles (75 km) southwest of New Orleans with sustained maximum winds of 45 mph. (75 km / h).

Flooding had already begun overnight Friday with reports of high water on roads and stranded vehicles. Heavy flood warnings splashed the coast while flood clocks were effective inside areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and central and northern Georgia.

The storm, which stretches north into the Gulf of Mexico, is likely to pour from 13 cm to 25 cm of rain along parts of the Gulf Coast and even 38 cm in isolated areas, according to National Meteorologists Hurricane Center.

In Louisiana, the threat came a month after storms and spring floods that were blamed for five deaths, and parts of the state continued a slow recovery from a brutal 2020 hurricane season.

This included Tropical Storm Cristobal that opened the season last June, Hurricanes Laura and Delta that devastated southwest Louisiana and Hurricane Zeta which felled trees and ended power for days in New Orleans in October.

Mexico, while receiving storm rain in the Gulf, was also threatened by a storm in the Pacific.

Tropical Storm Dolores formed Friday with a forecast to land on the west-central coast Saturday evening, possibly close to the intensity of the hurricanes, according to the National Hurricane Center.





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