It is expected to produce rainfall totals of 125-250 mm, with isolated maximum amounts of 380 mm across coastal MS and Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle through the afternoon. onsiderable flash, urban and small stream flooding impacts, as well as new and renewed minor to isolated moderate river flooding are likely across these areas. This general motion is expected for the next day or so.
By Saturday night, Claudette was a tropical depression located 45 miles (75 kilometres) west-northwest of Montgomery, Alabama, with sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph).
The system was sporting 45 miles per hour winds and was moving to the north near 16 miles per hour. A slow northeast motion across the southeastern United States is likely after landfall through the weekend. Flash flooding remains a concern along the central Gulf Coast. A tornado watch is in effect for southern MS, southern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
Flooding had already begun on Friday night, with local media reporting high water over roads, stranded vehicles and water rescues; flood warnings and watches were in effect in addition to a widespread tropical storm warning.
The tropical storm is dumping heavy rain along the U.S. Gulf Coast, and there's a risk of flash floods and tornados to some states. "These winds will spread inland and continue through this afternoon", the NHC warned in a Twitter post.
By Friday, up to four inches of rain per hour was falling on parts of the Louisiana and MS coasts.
Authorities in Alabama say a suspected tornado spurred by Tropical Storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town just north of the Florida border.
"As the system continues to lift northeast through the weekend, heavy rain will occur across central Alabama, central and northern Georgia, and into the Piedmont of the Carolinas, resulting in rainfall totals of 76-152 mm, with isolated maximum amounts of 203 mm".
Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News Digital.