Tropical Storm Watch in Effect for Dare County

Crash that killed 10 in Alabama being blamed on storm

A tropical cyclone claudette claimed that 12 people were killed in Alabama as a storm struck the southeastern United States, spurring flash floods and tornadoes and destroying dozens of homes.

The crash involved 15 cars after one auto was believed to have hydroplaned, said Wayne Garlock, Butler County, Alabama, coroner. The youth ranch provides a home for neglected or abused school-age children, according to the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches, the nonprofit that manages the Tallapoosa County girls ranch and others across the state.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed on Saturday when a tree fell to their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city border, Captain Martisellers of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crime Unit told Tuscaloosa News.

Tropical Depression Claudette brought torrential rain to much of northern Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia late on Saturday.

Tropical cyclone surveillance was conducted on parts of the North Carolina coast, and the effects could be felt by Sunday night. A tropical storm watch was issued South Santee River, South Carolina, to the Little River Inlet, forecasters said. The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency tweeted that local Red Cross volunteers were on hand to help those who were affected.

Top winds remained near 30 miles per hour (45 kph) National Hurricane Center forecasters predicted Claudette would strengthen back to tropical storm status Monday over eastern North Carolina as it went out to sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

However, it's expected to become a tropical storm again when it moves across the Carolinas on Sunday night or into early Monday, according to National Hurricane Center forecasters. "Tropical storm conditions are possible in northeastern SC tonight and Monday, where a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect".

The system was located about 25 miles (35 kilometers) west of Atlanta.

"It kind of affected everybody", Jackson said.

Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have been hit by a tropical storm that has resulted in flash floods and high winds.

Tornadoes are possible tonight across southeast Alabama, the western Florida Panhandle, and southwest Georgia. Later, the storm was drenching the Florida Panhandle and, well inland, a broad expanse of Alabama.

According to forecasters, the system can rain 2 to 4 inches in the area and can store 8 inches in isolation.

After the Gulf storm made landfall, it weakened into a tropical depression Saturday, but downpours still hammered the region. The wreckage had a maximum wind speed of 25 mph and was concentrated about 170 miles east of Mazatlan, Mexico.