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Tropical storm Claudette floods parts of Gulf Coast

This photo provided by Alicia Jossey shows debris covering the street in East Brewton, Ala., on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Authorities in Alabama say a suspected tornado spurred by Tropical Storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in the small town just north of the Florida border. (Alicia Jossey via AP)

Debris covering the street in East Brewton, Ala., after tropical storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in the small town just north of the Florida border. (Alicia Jossey via AP)

Debris covering the street in East Brewton, Ala., after tropical storm Claudette demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in the small town just north of the Florida border. (Alicia Jossey via AP)

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UPDATED 2:30 PM PT – Saturday, June 19, 2021

Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have been hit by a tropical storm that has resulted in flash floods and high winds. Reports on Saturday, said tropical storm Claudette brought nine inches of rain to parts of Louisiana.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to cause flash flooding across the region, which will continue throughout the weekend. In Slidell, Louisiana about 30 miles north east of New Orleans, cars were seen abandoned in flooded roads.

“When we left, about four minutes ago, we had about four inches throughout our entire house,” reported a Slidell resident. “That happened within about an hour, or so from being dry to about four inches.”

Tornado watches and warnings were also posted from Mississippi to Florida with threats of rip currents and high surf near the shoreline. Experts have urged residents to restock disaster kits, food, and water.

Claudette is expected to weaken to a tropical depression before becoming a tropical storm again when it moves into the Carolinas.

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