By Saturday afternoon, some areas of MS had received more than 11 inches of rain, and parts of southeastern Louisiana had received more than 8 inches, according to the weather service.
The sad news comes as a tropical storm struck the Gulf Coast on Saturday, spurring violent tornadoes in Alabama and causing severe flooding in Louisiana. And Captain Brian Harrell of the Birmingham Fire Rescue Team told the press that a search for a man who might have been flooded is underway.
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.
The rapidly changing conditions came as Claudette was beginning to batter parts of Georgia and the Carolinas early Sunday.
By Saturday night, Claudette was a tropical depression located 45 miles west-northwest of Montgomery, Alabama, with sustained winds of 30 mph.
The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression, but forecasters warned heavy rain was likely to continue into Sunday, and flash flooding warnings are in place.
A tropical storm watch has been issued for areas of SC, from South Santee River to Little River Inlet, which could see worsening conditions late Sunday or early Monday.
Tropical Depression Claudette caused tornadoes and flooding across the southeastern states.
Shortly after landfall, a suspected tornado spurred by the storm demolished or badly damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.
Multiple people were also injured. Most of the damage occurred in or near the towns of Bruton and East Bruton, about 48 miles north of Pensacola.
"It affected everyone", Jackson said. "But with those mobile homes being built so close together it can take a toll on them a lot more than it can on houses that are spread apart".
There were no immediate reports of serious injury or death.
Officials in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida reported heavy damage to homes, streets, and vehicles. When the storm passed and they emerged, she was "in shock".
Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama have been hit by a tropical storm that has resulted in flash floods and high winds. The storm then fell on the Florida Panhandle and a large area of Alabama, quite inland.
According to forecasters, the system can rain 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) in the area, allowing an isolated accumulation of 15 inches (38 centimeters).
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