Published: Mon, June 21, 2021
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Crash, "likely" due to storm, kills 10 in Alabama


In Alabama's Escambia County, a tornado triggered by Claudette ripped apart at least 50 mobile homes, according to Gov. Kay Ivey.

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.

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A 24-year-old man and three-year-old boy were also killed in Alabama on Saturday when a tree fell on their house, just outside the city of Tuscaloosa.

Residents along the U.S. Gulf Coast are trying to dry out after Tropical Storm Claudette brought heavy flooding into homes and businesses Saturday.

More than 20 people were rescued by boat in the floods in Northport, Alabama.

The damage caused by the storm was also felt in northern Florida, where the wind (sometimes reaching 85 mph) caused the 18-wheeled vehicle to fall sideways.

The National Hurricane Center is advising residents in southern Georgia, northern Florida and the Carolinas to prepare for torrential rain and flooding -and possibly tornadoes - through Monday morning. The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency tweeted that local Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help those who were affected. Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 48 miles (77 kilometers) north of Pensacola, Florida.

However, it's expected to become a tropical storm again when it moves across the Carolinas on Sunday night or into early Monday, according to National Hurricane Center forecasters.

The system was located about 25 miles (35 kilometers) west of Atlanta.

"It was kind of influenced", Jackson said.

In an advisory posted to Facebook, the NHC said Claudette was centered inland over southeast Louisiana about 30 miles north of New Orleans and moving toward the north to the northeast near 12 mph. "But these mobile homes are built very close together, so they can cost far more than homes in remote locations".

Separately, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on Mexico's west coast with near-hurricane force.

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

Tornadoes were also reported in southwest Georgia.

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