Shortly after landing, suspected tornadoes caused by a storm destroyed or severely damaged at least 50 homes in a small town in Alabama, just north of the Florida border.
Nine children and one adult are dead after a crash Saturday, on Interstate 65 in Butler County.
In addition to the 10 people who died in the two-vehicle crash on Saturday, a tree fell on a house near the Tuscaloosa city limits - killing a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy, Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit's Capt. Marty Sellers told Tuscaloosa News.
Tropical Depression Claudette brought torrential rain to much of northern Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia late on Saturday.
And even though the storm was weakening, the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for parts of the North Carolina coast, which could see the effects by Sunday night. Heavy rains, high winds and flash flooding contributed to the deaths of 12 people in Alabama Saturday, and while the storm has weakened, it is expected to regain strength as it makes its way toward the East Coast.
More than 20 people were rescued by boat due to flooding in Northport, Alabama, WVUA-TV reported. 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 Alabama Emergency Management Agency warned the threat of flooding and tornadoes will continue throughout the night.
Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 48 miles north of Pensacola, Florida.
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Local officials said the tornado "pretty much leveled" a mobile home park.
The National Hurricane Center declared Claudette organized enough to qualify as a named storm at 4 a.m. Saturday, well after the storm's center of circulation had come ashore southwest of New Orleans.
"It was kind of influenced", Jackson said.
The system was located about 25 miles west of Atlanta.
The storm came ashore in southeastern Louisiana early Saturday, with 40 miles per hour winds reported by mid-morning.
Tornadoes were also reported in southwestern Georgia.
Claudette is expected to produce rainfall totals of five to ten inches and isolated areas of 15 inches across areas in the central Gulf Coast. Forecasters were warning of the potential for flash flooding and mudslides.