UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Saturday, June 19, 2021
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have been hit by a tropical storm that has resulted in flash floods and high winds. Reports on Saturday, said tropical storm Claudette brought nine inches of rain to parts of Louisiana.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to cause flash flooding across the region, which will continue throughout the weekend. In Slidell, Louisiana about 30 miles north east of New Orleans, cars were seen abandoned in flooded roads.
Tropical Storm #Claudette continues to produce heavy rains and gusty winds across portions of the northern Gulf coast. A Tropical Storm Watch has now been issued for portions of North Carolina. Visit https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB and https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN for details. pic.twitter.com/2fM9MOOxMv
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) June 19, 2021
“When we left, about four minutes ago, we had about four inches throughout our entire house,” reported a Slidell resident. “That happened within about an hour, or so from being dry to about four inches.”
Tornado watches and warnings were also posted from Mississippi to Florida with threats of rip currents and high surf near the shoreline. Experts have urged residents to restock disaster kits, food, and water.
Claudette is expected to weaken to a tropical depression before becoming a tropical storm again when it moves into the Carolinas.