Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency this morning in eight Alabama counties due to loss of life, injuries, power outages and other issues caused by Tropical Store Claudette.
The storm is linked to 14 deaths in Alabama, including 10 people killed in a multiple vehicle crash on Interstate 65 in Butler County that was likely caused by heavy rains.
In Tuscaloosa County, a 24-year-old man and his 3-year-old son were killed in their home when a tree fell. A 23-year-old woman drowned in Saturday’s flooding in Fort Payne.
Authorities in Jefferson County confirmed the 14th victim today. The body of Timothy Lewis Bragg, 31, was found in a stream near Dugan Avenue. Authorities believe he was washed away by floodwaters in northwest Birmingham on Saturday.
Claudette spawned an EF-2 tornado that stranded Escambia and Conecuh counties on Saturday and injured at least 20 people. The 650-meter-wide tornado damaged many homes and buildings, Mobile’s National Weather Service said.
Ivey said the emergency declaration activated the Alabama National Guard and the Emergency Management Agency to help counties and cities recover from storm damage.
“As parts of our state recover from the effects of Tropical Storm Claudette, I have declared a state of emergency to ensure that all necessary state resources are available to the people of the affected counties,” he said. the governor said in a press release. “My heart and prayers continue to go out to the loved ones of those tragically lost in the storms. We will continue to provide whatever assistance we can at the state level to help our people recover from a difficult day. All of you, we can, and we will. “
A few strong storms are possible today and Tuesday in parts of Alabama.