Tropical Storm ‘Cloudett’ causes heavy rain in Gulf Coast region, US Tropical Storm ‘Cloudett’ causes heavy rain in Gulf Coast region

Tropical Storm ‘Cloudett’ causes heavy rain in Gulf Coast region, US Tropical Storm ‘Cloudett’ causes heavy rain in Gulf Coast region

New Orleans, Jun 19 (AP) Tropical Storm Claudette brought heavy rain to the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday, raising the risk of flash floods and potentially tornadoes across the southeastern swamps.

According to the National Hurricane Center, it became very strong at 4 a.m. on Saturday and three hours later it was to the north of the city, during which winds were gusting up to 72 kilometers per hour, after which it moved to the northeast. Heavy rain is still not expected along the Mississippi-Alabama state route. A thunderstorm warning has been issued from the Mississippi Coast to western Florida.

Glenn Branen, a disaster management agency employee for Alabama’s Mobile County, said someone had reported damage at a fishing spot in Dauphin Island, but there were no casualties. “The streets are full of water,” Brannan said early Saturday.

According to meteorologists, 12 to 25 cm of rain can occur in the area due to the storm, while the far flung areas can receive up to 38 cm of rain.

“Some low-lying areas are still flooded and cannot be reached even by vehicles,” Slidley Police said in a Facebook post. Many people’s cars are stuck in the water and we have to get them out, including a woman who is pregnant and was probably going to the hospital.

Meteorologists said the ‘cloudette’ could intensify into a tropical pressure by Sunday morning while moving toward Georgia and Carolina.

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According to the National Hurricane Center forecast, the storm moving north of the Gulf of Mexico is expected to reach interior areas by Saturday. Due to the storm, there is a possibility of rain up to 25 cm in parts of the Gulf Coast and up to 38 cm in some areas.

AP

Shobhana Prashant

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