US Gulf Coast prepares for Tropical Storm Claudette June 18, 2021

Tropical system to bring heavy rain, flooding to Gulf Coast; expected to move over southeastern US

It is expected to produce rainfall totals of 125-250 mm, with isolated maximum amounts of 380 mm across coastal MS and Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle through the afternoon. onsiderable flash, urban and small stream flooding impacts, as well as new and renewed minor to isolated moderate river flooding are likely across these areas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the areas east of Morgan City to the Okaloosa/Walton County line, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Metropolitan New Orleans. Storm surges may reach 0.60 metres to 0.90 metres along parts of the Louisiana, Alabama and Florida coasts.

Tropical storm Claudette which formed in the Atlantic, producing heavy rainfall, has weakened to a tropical depression on Saturday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. It was moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour (22 kph), and most of the heavy weather was happening far to the north and east of the center.

Parts of inland MS and Georgia were getting heavy rain from Claudette as well. Debris from the accident, including a collapsed utility pole, turned into projectiles and struck a passing SUV, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. "Red flags flying out at the beaches so there's absolutely no swimming".

Forecasters said Claudette could dump 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) of rain in the region, with isolated accumulations of 15 inches (38 centimeters) possible. Slidell police said the flooding had largely receded by daybreak, after swamping as many as 50 cars and trucks with water.

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As of Saturday morning, roughly 22,000 people between Louisiana and Florida have lost electricity. Flash flooding remains a concern along the central Gulf Coast.

It's that time of the year when we have to keep a close eye on the tropics!

Potential Tropical Cyclone #3 continued to slowly get more organized Thursday afternoon and is still expected to become a tropical storm, or a subtropical storm with a "name" prior to landfall late tonight/early Saturday morning across Southeastern Louisiana.

Separately, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on Mexico's west coast with near-hurricane force. No impacts are expected here in Southwest Florida. Its remnants had maximum sustained winds of 25 mph (35 kph), and it was centered about 170 miles (275 kilometers) east of Mazatlan, Mexico.

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