Meteorologists warned of life-threatening flash floods in some parts of the deep south, especially through central Alabama, while Claudette Tropical Depression was traveling on Sunday over coastal states.
Ten people, including nine children, died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash, according to Butler County coroner Wayne Garlock, who said the vehicles were likely to be planned on wet roads. Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond said several people were also injured. The victims were not immediately identified.
Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on Saturday at his home just outside the city limits of Tuscaloosa, Crime Unit Captain Marty Sellers told The Tuscaloosa News Violent of Tuscaloosa. Sellers did not immediately identify the victims and a forensic doctor could not be contacted Sunday.
The deaths occurred when heavy rains burst into much of northern Alabama and Georgia on Saturday afternoon. Up to 30 inches of rain was previously reported from Claudette along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
A tropical storm warning was in effect in North Carolina from Little River Inlet to the town of Duck, on the outer banks. A tropical storm watch was issued from the South Santee River, South Carolina, to the Little River inlet, forecasts added.
Maximum winds remained close to 45 mph (45 mph). Forecasts from the National Hurricane Center predicted that Claudette would strengthen again in the tropical storm state Monday in eastern North Carolina as she headed out to sea in the Atlantic Ocean.
On Sunday, flood clocks were released in northern Georgia, most of South Carolina, the North Carolina coast and parts of southeast Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.
Here are the key messages from Sunday at 11:00 EDT #Claudette. The system continues to produce heavy rains with possible instantaneous flooding in much of the southeastern United States. Some tornadoes are also possible today in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas. https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/qwMv7aKL5T
– National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) June 20, 2021
More than 20 people were rescued by boat due to flooding in Northport, Alabama, WVUA-TV reported. The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency tweeted about local Red Cross volunteers to help those affected. A shelter was opened in Northport.
Village Creek in Birmingham rose above the flood stage to 13 meters (4 feet), tweeted to the Birmingham National Weather Service.
The system was located about 35 miles west of Atlanta. It was moving from east to northeast at 13 km / h (20 km / h), the National Hurricane Center said in a council Sunday morning.
Claudette declared herself organized enough to qualify as a so-called tropical storm early Saturday morning, long after the storm’s circulation center had landed southwest of New Orleans.
Shortly after reaching land, an alleged tornado spurred by the storm severely knocked down or severely damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.
Sheriff Heath Jackson, in Escambia County, said an alleged tornado “virtually leveled” a mobile home park, knocked down trees in homes and ripped off the roof of a high school gym. Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 77 miles north of Pensacola, Florida.
“It affected everyone,” Jackson said. “But with these mobile homes being built so close, it can cost them a lot more than separate houses.”
Tornadoes were also reported in southwest Georgia.
Damage caused by the storm was also felt in North Florida, where winds (in some cases reaching 137 km / h) caused an 18-wheel truck to turn on its side.
The storm also launched flood rains north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the Mississippi coast, flooding streets and, in some areas, pushing water toward homes. Later, the storm soaked the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a wide expanse of Alabama.
Meteorologists said the system could still throw 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain into the region, with isolated accumulations of 8 inches (20 centimeters) possible.
Separately, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on the west coast of Mexico with an almost hurricane force. By Sunday morning, it had dissipated over Mexico. Its remains had sustained maximum winds of 25 km / h (25 km / h) and focused about 275 kilometers east of Mazatlán, Mexico.
Heavy rainfall of up to 38 centimeters was expected in the southwestern and western coastal areas of Mexico throughout the weekend. Meteorologists warned of the potential for floods and mudslides.