Tropical Storm Claudette brings heavy rains and coastal flooding to Dauphin Island
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama (WKRG) – Tropical Storm Claudette brought heavy rains and coastal flooding to Dauphin Island on Saturday morning as the storm made landfall on the Louisiana coast.
This island was on the east side of the storm. The winds reached gusts of over 40 miles per hour and the waves reached heights of up to 12 feet.
Jeff Collier, the mayor of Dauphin Island, told WKRG News 5 that he was not surprised by the impacts the island suffered from the storm.
“Looking at the predicted path and intensity of the storm, that’s almost exactly what I thought was going to happen,” said Mayor Collier.
No damage was reported on the island due to the storm.
But just north of the island, at the Cedar Point fishing pier, a pickup truck was hit by a large board in a tornado from the tropical storm.
Those at the scene told WKRG News 5 that no one was injured.
This happened just after 3:00 am on Saturday morning.
On the island itself, most of the impacts were felt in the western end.
Coastal flooding temporarily closed Bienville Blvd in Sehoy St.
Mayor Collier says it could have been worse.
“It could have been a lot worse obviously, it just shows us how quickly things can turn and become a problem. Of course, living on the coast, we know that,” said Mayor Collier.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to download the free Dauphin Island mobile app to keep abreast of current conditions.