Alabama mobile home park damaged by Tropical Storm Claudette

Alabama mobile home park damaged by Tropical Storm Claudette

A tornado from Claudette's strong winds demolished or damaged at least 50 homes in a small town near the Alabama-Florida border.

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.

Five other people were hurt in the crash, but none of their injuries were critical, Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond told Reuters news agency.

In addition to the 10 people who died in the two-vehicle crash on Saturday, a tree fell on a house near the Tuscaloosa city limits - killing a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy, Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit's Capt. Marty Sellers told Tuscaloosa News.

Heavy rains caused high water levels in the metropolitan areas of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa from late Saturday to early Sunday.

Tropical Storm Claudette formed early Saturday morning and was tracked moving along the Gulf Coast before it made landfall.

More than 20 people were rescued by boat in the floods in Northport, Alabama, according to WVUA-TV reports. As much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain was reported earlier from Claudette along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"The storm total rainfall is expected to be 5 to 10 inches with isolated 15 inches totals in southeast Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle", NHC forecaster John Cangialosi said.

Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 48 miles north of Pensacola, Florida.

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The National Weather Service warned Claudette may restrengthen into a tropical storm Sunday.

Sheriff Heath Jackson in Escambia County, Ala., 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.

"It kind of affected everybody", Jackson said.

The storm came ashore in southeastern Louisiana early Saturday, with 40 miles per hour winds reported by mid-morning. Later, the storm was drenching the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a broad expanse of Alabama.

Separately, the tropical cyclone Dolores landed on the west coast of Mexico with forces close to a hurricane.

Tornadoes were also reported in southwestern Georgia. The wreckage had a maximum wind speed of 25 mph and was concentrated about 170 miles east of Mazatlan, Mexico.

A total of 5-15 inches of rain could fall those areas by storm's end, the NHC said.

The storm is packing the potential for isolated tornadoes, flash flooding and gusty winds.

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