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Claudette Spawns Tornado That Hits Alabama

Tropical Storm Claudette made landfall early Saturday morning, June 19 and shortly thereafter produced a tornado in southern Alabama.

Brewton, Alabama tornado damage courtesy Brandon Clement

The tornado hit during the morning hours of Saturday, around 7 to 8 a.m. local time. It quickly produced damage to mobile homes, site-built homes, the fire department, and a local school.

Brewton, Alabama tornado damage courtesy Brandon Clement

From the air, our field correspondent Brandon Clement captured the images of how wide the damage was, which in the image above seemed to be 100 to 200 yards wide.

According to the National Weather Service office in Mobile, Alabama the tornado hit between 7:35 and 7:45 a.m. local time Saturday.

The storm reports across the north-central Gulf Coast show tornado reports in red from Alabama to Georgia and Florida. There were damaging wind reports, in blue dots, across Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Flooding reports, in green, were most numerous in Mississippi, Alabama, and New Orleans.

Courtesy Brandon Clement

Pictures from the scene showed downed power lines and trees.

Courtesy Brandon Clement

Damage was reported at the local fire department in Brewton, Alabama.

Isolated tornadoes happen often within tropical storms. Continue to monitor the latest tornado potential near you as Claudette exits the Southeast coast this weekend.

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Summer of 1993, New England Dragway. That's when and where Steve knew he wanted to become a meteorologist. More than 20 years later he is extremely fortunate and blessed to be able to live his childhood dream. As a lover of math and science, Steve had a consistent interest in weather in elementary, middle, and high school before discovering you can major in meteorology. He attended Lyndon State Co... Load Morellege in Vermont where he received a bachelor's in meteorology-broadcasting and associate's in television news. He has worked as a meteorologist and reporter in Winchester, VA, Burlington, VT, and most recently in West Palm Beach, FL. He's recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the Certification of Broadcast Meteorologists.

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