Tropical Storm Claudette Makes Landfall, Drenches Gulf Coast
The latest from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is that Tropical Storm Claudette is “inland over southeastern Lousiana. Heavy rains and tropical-storm-force winds continue along portions of the northern Gulf coast.”
Around 0500 ET, Tropical Storm Claudette formed southwest of New Orleans. Hours later, around 0700 ET, the system moved inland with winds around 45 mph.
From New Orleans to Mobile to Panama City, tropical storm warnings remain in effect through Saturday morning.
CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said parts of Louisiana have been “bombarded” with more than 9 inches of rain since Friday night.
The storm’s structure is a bit disorganized, with torrential rain occurring east of its center. “Claudette is expected to produce heavy rainfall and life-threatening flash flooding across coastal Mississippi and Alabama and the far western Florida panhandle through the afternoon,” NHC said.
Claudette has had an impact on U.S. energy resources in the region. Several oil companies evacuated non-essential workers from platforms in the Gulf earlier last week.
Claudette will traverse the South East throughout the weekend and may re-enter the Atlantic on Monday afternoon, possibly making a second landfall in Canada’s Maritime Provinces by mid-week.
Sat, 06/19/2021 – 08:45