Tropical Storm Claudette makes landfall over Gulf Coast, brings heavy rains

Tropical Storm Claudette forms and makes landfall

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.

Nine children and one adult were killed in an accident on Interstate 65 in Butler County, Alabama, on Saturday, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock. Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond said several people were also injured.

In addition to the 10 people who died in the two-vehicle crash on Saturday, a tree fell on a house near the Tuscaloosa city limits - killing a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy, Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit's Capt. Marty Sellers told Tuscaloosa News.

"As the large circulation of Claudette moves off of the southeastern United States coast later today and tonight, winds will increase along and offshore of the coast, and the system is expected to regain tropical-storm status by Monday morning", the NHC said. Reports on Saturday, said tropical storm Claudette brought nine inches of rain to parts of Louisiana.

Claudette is expected to produce heavy rains and flash flooding in parts of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama through Monday.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency warned the threat of flooding and tornadoes will continue throughout the night.

Pictures from resident Alicia Jossey showed debris from downed trees and other materials strewn across East Brewton, a community of about 2,900 residents near the Florida state line in Escambia County.

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Local officials said the tornado "pretty much leveled" a mobile home park.

The system was located approximately 45 miles (75 km) west-northwest of Montgomery, Alabama, with wind speeds of 30 mph (45 kph).

"It affected everyone", Jackson said.

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. "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".

The NHC noted that a National Ocean Service station on Petit Bois Island, Miss. had recently recorded maximum winds of 39 miles per hour with a gust to 46 miles per hour.

Over the weekend, heavy rainfall of up to 15 inches was expected in the southwestern and western coastal areas of Mexico.

Bynum reported from Savannah, Georgia.

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