NWS Tropical Storm Claudette update – the Greenville Advocate
National Weather Service Mobile AL
714 AM CDT Sat June 19, 2021
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Escambia Coastal-Santa Rosa Inland-Santa Rosa Coastal-Okaloosa
Including the towns 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 Baie, Pine Hill,
Prichard, Butler, Walnut Hill, Thomasville, Lisman, Evergreen,
Grove Hill, Spanish Fort, Theodore, Silas, Fort Pickens,
Citronella, Eglin AFB, Leakesville, Brantley, Beulah,
Monroeville, Daphne, Saraland, Andalusia, Luverne, Gulf Shores,
Foley, Pensacola, Brewton, Valparaiso, Mobile, Waynesboro,
Dauphin Island, Baie Minette, Richton, Gulf Breeze, Opp, Navarre,
New Augusta, Stockton, Atmore, Millry, Niceville, Century,
Ensley, Destin, Camden, McLain, Bayou La Batre, Molino, Milton,
Extended Tornado WatchTHE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED TORNADO WATCH 284 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING REGIONS UNTIL 11 AM THIS MORNING IN ALABAMA. EVERGREEN, FLOMATON, GREENVILLE, HOMEWOOD, LUVERNE, MONROEVILLE, OPP AND PINE HILL.
Local Hurricane Statement
Tropical Storm Claudette Local Statement Notice
** TROPICAL STORM CLAUDETTE BRINGING HEAVY RAIN AND FLASH FLOODING
WITH GUSTY WINDS… ISOLATED TORNADOES… AND LESS STATES
* MONITORING AND WARNINGS IN PROGRESS:
– A tropical storm warning is in effect for Baldwin Central,
Baldwin Coastal, Escambia Coastal, Mobile Central, Mobile
Coastal, Coastal Okaloosa and Coastal Santa Rosa
* STORM INFORMATION:
– Approximately 170 miles west-southwest of Mobile AL or approximately 220 miles
west-southwest of Pensacola FL
– 29.6N 90.7W
– Storm intensity 45 mph
– North-northeast movement or 15 degrees at 12 mph
At 4:00 a.m. CDT, Tropical Storm Claudette continues to be wide,
but made landfall in southeast Louisiana overnight. Most
the impacts of this system will and are currently occurring well east of
the center, on our region. The main threat will continue to be the
potential for heavy precipitation over the interior of southeastern Mississippi as well
as along the coastal counties of Alabama and West Florida
Panhandle until this morning. Heavy rains will then continue to
prevalent in the interior throughout the day today. Total precipitation of 5 to 10 inches
are planned, with locally higher quantities of 12 to 15 inches possible
through the coastal counties of Alabama and West Florida
Handle. Further inland, total precipitation of 4 to 8 inches is
forecasts with locally higher quantities up to 10 inches possible.
Tropical storm force winds are occurring and will continue to maintain
possible along the immediate Alabama and western coast
Florida panhandle with gusts up to 50 mph. Elsewhere, strong gusts
winds just below the force of the tropical storm will continue to be possible as
good. Some tornadoes will also be possible until today, in particular
across the coast and south-central Alabama and western Florida
Handle. Minor coastal flooding of 1 to 3 feet is expected along
The Alabama Coast and the Panhandle of West Florida, including the
berries and bran. Dangerous surf and tear currents will also continue to
ranges of the impact zone.
* RAIN FLOOD:
The potential impacts of torrential rains continue to manifest through
the extreme southeast of the Mississippi, the Alabama coast and parts of the west
Florida panhandle. Stay well protected against potentially fatal floods
waters with significant to widespread impacts. If they are realized, these
– Major rain floods can lead to numerous evacuations and rescues.
– Rivers and tributaries can quickly overflow from their banks
several places. Small streams, streams, canals and ditches can
become dangerous rivers.
– Flood water can enter many structures in several
communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed out
a way. Many places where flood water can cover the escape routes.
Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with
submerged underground passages. Driving conditions become dangerous.
Numerous closures of roads and bridges, some of which are weakened or washed away.
The potential impacts of torrential rains continue to manifest through
Southeast Interior of Mississippi, Interior Southwest and South Central
Alabama. Stay well protected against dangerous floods having
possible significant impacts.
The potential impacts of the main wind event are now manifested through
parts of southwestern Alabama… northwestern Florida… south central
Alabama… and inland southeastern Mississippi .. Stay safe from
dangerous wind with limited impacts. If they are realized, these impacts
– Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds and not anchored
mobile homes. Lightweight, unsecured objects blown.
– Lots of big broken tree branches. A few broken trees or
uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are
rooted shallow. Some fences and signs were knocked down.
– Some impassable roads due to debris, especially in urban areas
or very wooded places. Dangerous driving conditions on
bridges and other elevated roads.
– Scattered power and communication failures.
Potential impacts of tornadoes are still unfolding in some parts
from southwestern Alabama… northwestern Florida… south-central Alabama… and
inland in southeastern Mississippi .. Stay prepared for a tornado
event with limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include:
– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes may interfere with the execution
contingency plans for tropical events.
– A few places can take tornado damage, as well as power
and communications disruptions.
– The locations could achieve roofs detached from buildings, chimneys
overturned, mobile homes torn from foundations or overturned,
large trees and torn branches, trees with shallow roots
overturned, moving vehicles carried off the roads and small boats
pulled from the moorings.
The potential impacts of the main surge event now unfold through
the Alabama coast and the coastal parts of western Florida.
Keep a safe distance from locally dangerous surges with limited impacts.
If realized, these impacts include:
– Localized flooding with storm surge flooding mainly along
immediate shores and in low places, or in areas
further inland, near where the higher surge waters move to the coast.
– Sections of coastal roads and parking lots are oversized
with surge water. Dangerous driving conditions in places where
surge water covers the road.
– Moderate beach erosion. Strong waves are also breaking over the dunes, mainly
in generally vulnerable places. Strong tearing currents.
– Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,
and throws. A few small boats got loose from the moorings.
PRECAUTIONARY ACTIONS / PREPARATION
MONITORING / WARNING PHASE – Listen to the local manager for recommendations
preparatory actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to
evacuate, do so immediately.
* OTHER PREPARATION INFORMATION:
Now is the time to stay indoors and away from windows. Listen
updates and be prepared in case you lose power. Keep a
battery-powered radio, charged cell phone and flashlight close at hand.
If you live in a location that is particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as
near the ocean or a large inland lake, in shallow or poor drainage
area, in a valley or near an already swollen river, plan to relocate
safe shelter on higher ground.
If a tornado warning is issued for your area, quickly go to
safest place in your shelter. Protect your head and body.
Monitor weather.gov, NOAA weather radio or local media closely
for official storm information. Be prepared to adapt to possible changes
to forecasts. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive the weather