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Tropical Depression Claudette Moves Inland to Alabama, Weakens

30.7N 85W

August 18th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression Claudette - August 17th, 2009

Tropical Depression Claudette - August 17th, 2009

Tropical Storm Claudette (04L) made landfall on the Florida coast near Fort Walton Beach early Monday, making it the first to hit the U.S. mainland this year. Later it weakened to a tropical depression as it traveled over the Florida panhandle into Alabama.

Claudette’s maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph, but it’s expected to weaken as it moves over land. Forecasters say rainfall of up to 6 inches is expected, with isolated areas getting up to 10 inches.

Some power outages, damage to buildings, road closings and flooding occurred in areas in Florida, Alabama and North Carolina. However, as Claudette moves inland it is not expected to cause significant flooding or wind damage.

Shoreline of Florida’s Pan-Handle

April 27th, 2009 Category: Rivers

Coast of Gulf of Mexico - April 9th, 2009

Coast of Gulf of Mexico - April 9th, 2009

The coast of Florida’s pan-handle along the Gulf of Mexico is marked by a string of sandy beaches. To the East, green and tan sediments are present in the water, particularly in St. George’s sound, a waterway between the mainland and a long thin island chain in the lower right quadrant.

Further east, the waters appear dark brown due to sediments being discharged from the Ochlockonee River, a fast running river originating in Georgia, and terminating in Florida.

The Ochlockonee originates in southwest Georgia. As it flows through Ochlockonee River State Park, it is tidally influenced and a mixture of fresh, brackish, and salt water on the way to its terminus in Ochlockonee Bay. From there, it then empties into Apalachee Bay.

Further inland, in the center of the image, Lake Seminole can be seen. It is a man-made lake located in the southwest corner of Georgia along its border with Florida. The Chattahoochee and Flint rivers join in the lake, before flowing from the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam, which impounds the lake, as the Apalachicola River.

The lake contains 37500 acres of water. It is home to many species of fish, as well as alligators, snakes and various waterfowl.

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