August 17th, 2009

Tropical Storm Claudette

Posted at 4:00 PM ET

small-hurricanebill1Tropical Storm Claudette developed close to the Florida coast on August 16, 2009 and made landfall near the eastern end of Santa Rosa Island in Florida, just southeast of Fort Walton Beach, at approximately 05:10 UTC (00:10 local time) on August 17 with sustained winds of around 50 mph (80 kmph), according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC said tropical storm-force winds extended 90 miles (150 kilometers) from the center of the storm at landfall. The storm is traveling in a northwest direction and a turn to the north-northwest is expected later today. On this track, Claudette is expected to move into southern Alabama before moving into eastern regions of Mississippi.

All tropical storm warnings in Florida have been discontinued and the main impact from Claudette is likely to be from associated rainfall. The NHC said Fay could produce 3 to 6 inches (75 to 150 millimeters) of rain across the Florida Panhandle, the big bend region of Florida, central and southern Alabama and extreme southwestern Georgia, with up to 10 inches (255 millimeters) possible in some areas. Therefore, a flash flood watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for northwest Florida and parts of south Alabama. The NHC also warned that Claudette could cause coastal storm surge flooding of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters) above normal levels in the Florida Panhandle and the big bend region of Florida.

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According to the reports, Claudette brought strong winds and heavy rain to towns in the Florida Panhandle as it made landfall. Emergency response teams were activated in the area as officials prepared for possible flooding. Claudette is the first named storm to hit the U.S. mainland this year but officials said no significant damage is expected.

Sources: National Hurricane Center, WSI, Associated Press, Reuters News, Agence France Presse, Dow Jones News, CNN News

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