Inundações repentinas com risco de vida aumentam no caminho de Claudette

Life-threatening flash flooding rises in Claudette's path
Forecasters warned of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of the Deep South, particularly across central Alabama, as Tropical Depression Claudette traveled over coastal states

Forecasters warned of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of the Deep South, particularly across central Alabama as Tropical Depression Claudette traveled over coastal states early Sunday.

Heavy rain led to high water late Saturday into early Sunday in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa metropolitan areas.

Mais que 20 people were rescued by boat due to flooding in Northport, Alabama, WVUA-TV reported. E, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Capt. Bryan Harrell told news outlets that a search was underway for a man who was possibly swept away by flooding.

Village Creek in nearby Ensley rose above flood stage to 13 pés (4 metros), the National Weather Service in Birmingham tweeted.

The rapidly changing conditions came as Claudette was expected to batter parts of Georgia and the Carolinas on Sunday.

The system was located about 45 milhas (75 quilômetros) west-northwest of Montgomery, Alabama, with sustained winds of 30 mph (45 kph). It was moving northeast at 14 mph (22 kph), a Centro Nacional de Furacões said in advisory Saturday night.

Claudette was declared organized enough to qualify as a named tropical storm early Saturday morning, well after the storm’s center of circulation had come ashore southwest of Nova Orleans

Shortly after landfall, a suspected tornado spurred by the storm demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Flórida fronteira.

Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County said a suspected tornado “pretty much leveled” a mobile home park, toppled trees onto houses and ripped the roof off of a high school gym. Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, cerca de 48 milhas (77 quilômetros) north of Pensacola, Flórida.

“It kind of affected everybody,” Jackson said. “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.”

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths.

Damage from the storm was also felt in north Florida, where winds — in some cases reaching 85 mph (137 kph) — caused an 18-wheeler to flip on its side.

The storm also dumped flooding rains north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the Mississippi coast, inundating streets and, in some areas, pushing water into homes. Mais tarde, the storm was drenching the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a broad expanse of Alabama.

A tropical storm watch had been issued for parts of the North Carolina coast, which could feel the effects by Sunday night. Claudette was forecast to cross into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, and regain tropical storm strength over open water Tuesday.

Forecasters said the system could dump 5 para 10 polegadas (12 para 25 centímetros) of rain in the region, with isolated accumulations of 15 polegadas (38 centímetros) possível.

Separadamente, Tropical Storm Dolores made landfall on Mexico’s west coast with near-hurricane force. As of Saturday night, it was a depression located about 140 milhas (225 quilômetros) north-northwest of Guadalajara, México. Its maximum sustained winds were clocked at 30 mph (45 kph), and it was moving north at 21 mph (33 kph).

Heavy rainfall of 6 para 10 polegadas (cerca de 15 para 25 centímetros) was expected across the southwest and western coastal areas of Mexico throughout the weekend. Forecasters were warning of the potential for flash flooding and mudslides.

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Bynum reported from Savannah, Georgia. Associated Press reporter Kelli Kennedy in Fort Lauderdale, Flórida, contribuiu para este relatório.

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