12 dead in Alabama due to Claudette, including nine children

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ATLANTA (AP) – Tropical Depression Claudette has claimed 12 lives in Alabama as the storm swept across the southeastern U.S., causing flash flooding and spurring tornadoes that destroyed dozens of homes.

Ten people, including nine children, were killed in a fiery multivehicle vehicle crash Saturday, according to Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock, who said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on wet roads. Eight of the dead were associated with the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Multiple people were also injured.

Meanwhile, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on their house Saturday just outside Tuscaloosa. The deaths occurred as drenching rains pelted much of northern Alabama and Georgia.

Yesterday was a tragic day for our state. Our hearts go out to the loved ones of all who perished during the storm in Butler and Tuscaloosa counties. We will keep these families, communities and first responders lifted in prayer.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey

A tropical storm warning was in effect Sunday in North Carolina.

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