Tropical Storm Claudette Update from NWS
Published 8:43 am Saturday, June 19, 2021
National Weather Service Mobile AL
714 AM CDT Sat Jun 19 2021
Escambia-Covington-Mobile Inland-Baldwin Inland-Mobile Central-
Baldwin Central-Mobile Coastal-Baldwin Coastal-Escambia Inland-
Escambia Coastal-Santa Rosa Inland-Santa Rosa Coastal-Okaloosa
Including the cities of Chatom, Wiggins, Bagdad, Beaumont,
Jackson, Fort Walton Beach, Fort Morgan, Jay, Lucedale, Pensacola
Beach, Homewood, Orange Beach, Perdido Bay, Greenville,
Crestview, Fairhope, Wright, Flomaton, Grand Bay, Pine Hill,
Prichard, Butler, Walnut Hill, Thomasville, Lisman, Evergreen,
Grove Hill, Spanish Fort, Theodore, Silas, Fort Pickens,
Citronelle, Eglin AFB, Leakesville, Brantley, Beulah,
Monroeville, Daphne, Saraland, Andalusia, Luverne, Gulf Shores,
Foley, Pensacola, Brewton, Valparaiso, Mobile, Waynesboro,
Dauphin Island, Bay Minette, Richton, Gulf Breeze, Opp, Navarre,
New Augusta, Stockton, Atmore, Millry, Niceville, Century,
Ensley, Destin, Camden, McLain, Bayou La Batre, Molino, Milton,
Tornado Watch ExtendedTHE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED TORNADO WATCH 284 TOINCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 11 AM CDT THIS MORNING IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 7 COUNTIES IN SOUTH CENTRAL ALABAMA BUTLER CONECUH COVINGTONCRENSHAW ESCAMBIA MONROEWILCOX THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ANDALUSIA, ATMORE, BRANTLEY, BREWTON,CAMDEN, EVERGREEN, FLOMATON, GREENVILLE, HOMEWOOD, LUVERNE,MONROEVILLE, OPP, AND PINE HILL.
Hurricane Local Statement
Tropical Storm Claudette Local Statement Advisory
**TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE BRINGING HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING
ALONG WITH GUSTY WINDS…ISOLATED TORNADOES…AND MINOR COASTAL
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
– A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Baldwin Central,
Baldwin Coastal, Escambia Coastal, Mobile Central, Mobile
Coastal, Okaloosa Coastal, and Santa Rosa Coastal
* STORM INFORMATION:
– About 170 miles west-southwest of Mobile AL or about 220 miles
west-southwest of Pensacola FL
– 29.6N 90.7W
– Storm Intensity 45 mph
– Movement North-northeast or 15 degrees at 12 mph
As of 4:00 AM CDT, Tropical Storm Claudette continues to be broad,
but made landfall over southeastern Louisiana overnight. Most of the
impacts with this system will and are currently occurring well east of
the center, over our area. The primary threat will continue to be the
potential for heavy rainfall over inland southeast Mississippi as well
as along the coastal counties of Alabama and the Western Florida
Panhandle through this morning. Heavy rainfall will then continue to
spread inland through the day today. Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches
are forecast, with locally higher amounts of 12 to 15 inches possible
across the coastal counties of Alabama and the western Florida
Panhandle. Further inland, rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are
forecast with locally higher amounts up to 10 inches possible.
Tropical storm force winds are occurring and will continue to remain
possible along the immediate coastline of Alabama and the western
Florida Panhandle with gusts up to 50 mph. Elsewhere, strong gusty
winds just below Tropical Storm force will continue to be possible as
well. A few tornadoes will also be possible through today, especially
across coastal and south-central Alabama, and the western Florida
Panhandle. Minor coastal flooding of 1 to 3 feet is expected along
Coastal Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle, including local
bays and sounds. Dangerous surf and rip currents will also continue to
impact area beaches.
* FLOODING RAIN:
Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across
far southeast Mississippi, coastal Alabama, and portions of the western
Florida Panhandle. Remain well guarded against life-threatening flood
waters having significant to extensive impacts. If realized, these
– Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues.
– Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in
multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may
become dangerous rivers.
– Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed
away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes.
Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with
underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous.
Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out.
Potential impacts from the flooding rain are still unfolding across
interior southeast Mississippi, interior southwest and south-central
Alabama. Remain well guarded against dangerous flood waters having
possible significant impacts.
Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across
portions of southwest Alabama…northwest Florida…south central
Alabama…and inland southeast Mississippi.. Remain well sheltered from
hazardous wind having limited impacts. If realized, these impacts
– Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored
mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
– Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or
uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are
shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
– A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban
or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on
bridges and other elevated roadways.
– Scattered power and communications outages.
Potential impacts from tornadoes are still unfolding across portions
of southwest Alabama…northwest Florida…south central Alabama…and
inland southeast Mississippi.. Remain well braced against a tornado
event having limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.
– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
pulled from moorings.
Potential impacts from the main surge event are now unfolding across
coastal Alabama and coastal portions of the western Florida Panhandle.
Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having limited impacts.
If realized, these impacts include:
– Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along
immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas
farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
– Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread
with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where
surge water covers the road.
– Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly
in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
– Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,
and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.
WATCH/WARNING PHASE – Listen to local official for recommended
preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to
evacuate, do so immediately.
* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
Now is the time to stay inside and away from windows. Listen for
updates and be ready in case you lose electrical power. Keep a
battery-powered radio, charged cell phone and flashlight handy.
If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as
near the ocean or a large inland lake, in a low-lying or poor drainage
area, in a valley, or near an already swollen river, plan to move to
safe shelter on higher ground.
If a tornado warning is issued for your area, quickly move to the
safest place within your shelter. Protect your head and body.
Closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather radio or local news outlets
for official storm information. Be ready to adapt to possible changes
to the forecast. Ensure you have multiple ways to receive weather