Claudette re-strengthens into tropical storm over North Carolina; hurricane center spots new wave in Atlantic

Claudette re-strengthened into a tropical storm Monday morning while pummeling North Carolina with rain, as the National Hurricane Center also identified a tropical wave with the potential to become the next named storm of the year.

Claudette was cutting through the Southeast region as a tropical depression over the weekend but regained its tropical-storm-force winds at around 2 a.m. Monday, the NHC said in its 8 a.m. update.

The third named storm of the year has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving east-northeast at around 28 mph. Claudette’s eye was located 15 miles east-southeast of Duck, North Carolina, and about 30 miles north of Norfolk, Virginia. Its tropical-storm-force winds reach up to 140 miles from its center.

Meteorologists are expecting an increase in Claudette’s forward speed sometime Monday morning.

Additional strengthening is possible as Claudette enters the western Atlantic Monday, but it is expected to become a post-tropical storm Tuesday afternoon and dissipate Tuesday night south of Nova Scotia.

Tornadoes remain a possibility Monday morning over parts of the Outer Banks.

Claudette’s impact on the country has been grave as officials say it caused a multi-vehicle crash that took place Saturday in Alabama where 13 people died — including eight children, according to the Associated Press.

The children who died Saturday were in a van for a youth home for abused or neglected children, the AP reported. The vehicle erupted in flames in the wreck along a wet Interstate 65 about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Montgomery, the AP reported. Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said vehicles likely hydroplaned, according to the AP.

The crash also claimed the lives of two other people who were in a separate vehicle. Garlock identified them as 29-year-old Cody Fox and his 9-month-old daughter, Ariana; both of Marion County, Tennessee, AP reported.

Multiple people were also injured.

Additionally, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were also killed Saturday when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits, said Capt. Jack Kennedy of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, according to the AP. Makayla Ross, a 23-year-old Fort Payne woman, died Saturday after her car ran off the road into a swollen creek, DeKalb County Deputy Coroner Chris Thacker told WHNT, a CBS affiliated news station serving Huntsville, Alabama.

Meanwhile, meteorologists are keeping track of another disturbance in the eastern Atlantic.

Five-day forecast for tropical 06/21/21

The NHC identified a tropical wave producing thunderstorms about 1,000 miles east of the Windward Islands.

The wave has a 10% chance of developing into the next tropical depression or tropical storm over the next two to five days, the NHC said. Although, the longer the wave takes to develop the harder it will be for it to do so as it will encounter upper-level winds Thursday. The wave is expected to keep moving west at 10 to 15 mph.

If the wave becomes a tropical storm, it will be the fourth named storm of the year and will receive the name, Danny.

Source: National Hurricane Center

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