Looks Like We Have Tropical Storm Claudette

 Conventional radar (above) at 1:14pm shows the mass of heavy rain with the tropical system moving north. The Doppler wind data (not shown) along with reports from oil platforms indicate to me that this system may have intensified enough to be a tropical storm. 

The National Hurricane Center at 1pm is reporting 45 mph sustained winds with higher gusts.

The primary threat continues to be torrential rains. Below is the new 5-day rainfall forecast.
Please note the 10"+ amounts forecasted for southern Alabama and the 7"+ amounts forecasted for the Atlanta and Montgomery metro areas. These rains will be enough to cause moderate to major flooding. 
Please monitor local sources of weather information as this situation evolves. 


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