Ten people - including nine children - have been killed after in a crash involving 18 vehicles in the storm-hit USA state of Alabama on Saturday.
The crash involving multiple vehicles happened around 2:30 p.m.at the 138-mile marker, in Butler County. Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on their house Saturday just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits, Capt. Marty Sellers of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit told The Tuscaloosa News.
At the end of Saturday, heavy rain struck northern Alabama and much of Georgia, killing them.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for a portion of the North Carolina coast from Cape Fear to Duck, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency warned the threat of flooding and tornadoes will continue throughout the night.
Tropical Depression Claudette caused tornadoes and flooding across the southeastern states.
"A turn toward the east-northeast is expected tonight and Sunday", NHC forecaster Jack Beven said.
Claudet was declared well organized to qualify as a named tropical cyclone early Saturday morning, long after the center of the storm cycle landed southwest of New Orleans.
Immediately after landing Suspicion of a tornado caused by a storm destroyed or severely damaged at least 50 homes In a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border. "But with those mobile homes being built so close together it can take a toll on them a lot more than it can on houses that are spread apart".
Along the coast, Claudette produced a storm surge of two to three feet above normally dry land from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, resulting in areas of inundation.
The damage caused by the storm was also felt in northern Florida, where winds (sometimes reaching 85 miles per hour (137 kph)) rolled over 18-wheeled vehicles.
The storm also dumped flooding rains north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the MS coast, inundating streets and, in some areas, pushing water into homes. As of Saturday night, it was a depression located about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of Guadalajara, Mexico. Later, the storm was drenching the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a broad expanse of Alabama.
After the Gulf storm made landfall, it weakened into a tropical depression Saturday, but downpours still hammered the region.
According to forecasters, the system can rain 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) in the area, allowing an isolated accumulation of 15 inches (38 centimeters). The wreckage had a maximum wind speed of 25 mph and was concentrated about 170 miles east of Mazatlan, Mexico.