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Tropical Depression Claudette Moves Inland to Alabama, Weakens

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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.

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