Tropical Storm Claudette Makes Landfall on Santa Rosa Island30.3N 86.2W
As of 2 a.m. EDT (0600 UTC) August 17, Tropical Storm Claudette is located within 15 nautical miles of 30.5°N 86.6°W, near Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Maximum sustained winds are 45 knots (50 mph, 85 km/h), with stronger gusts. Minimum central pressure is 1008 mbar (hPa; 29.77 InHg), and the system is moving northwest at 12 kt (14 mph, 22 km/h). Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center of Claudette.
Tropical Storm Claudette is the third named storm of the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season and the first tropical cyclone of 2009 to affect the United States.
Forming out of a tropical wave and an upper-level low pressure system on August 16, Claudette quickly intensified into a tropical storm offshore below Tallahassee, Florida.
By the afternoon, the storm had attained winds of 50 mph (85 km/h) and steadily tracked towards the Florida Panhandle. Early on August 17, the center of Claudette made landfall on Santa Rosa Island. In the main image, part of the storm and its rainbands can be seen affecting northern Florida.
The National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for the coastline and residents in some counties were advised to evacuate storm-surge-prone areas. One fatality resulted from rough seas off the coast of Panama City, Florida.