Tropical Storm Claudette Update from NWS

Published 8:43 am Saturday, June 19, 2021

Flood Watch

National Weather Service Mobile AL

714 AM CDT Sat Jun 19 2021

 

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Including the cities of Chatom, Wiggins, Bagdad, Beaumont,

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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,

and Seminole

 

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

FLOODING**

 

NEW INFORMATION

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* 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

 

SITUATION OVERVIEW

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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.

 

POTENTIAL IMPACTS

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* 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

impacts include:

– 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.

 

* WIND:

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

include:

– 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.

 

* TORNADOES:

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.

 

* SURGE:

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.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

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* EVACUATIONS:

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

warnings.