Claudette Downgraded to Depression, Marches Towards Carolinas

While the storm's winds have weakened slightly, the flooding threat remains very real.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A tropical system is headed our way. Tropical Storm Claudette formed in the early morning hours on Saturday right as the system made landfall in Louisiana and is now churning towards the Carolinas. While Claudette has weakened since landfall and is now a tropical depression, it is still expected to pack a formidable punch as it sweeps northeastward.

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What to Expect

Heavy rain and sporadic gusty winds in Claudette’s outer bands are approaching the Carolinas from the southwest. The heaviest rain is expected to fall between 10 PM and 6 AM Saturday into Sunday. Model trends are showing 1-4″ of rain across the WCCB Charlotte viewing area through Monday; localized totals could approach a half-foot. As the center of circulation passes to the south, a low-end severe threat will arise. While rain chances won’t be as widespread in the afternoon as they will be early Sunday morning, some storms could pack gusty winds and could even produce a brief spin-up tornado. Most of the rain should clear the area by Monday morning before a more summer-like pattern returns this week.

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With the heavy rain on the way, flash flooding is the main concern. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive alerts should they be issued. To follow along with the storm using interactive radar and our extensive WeatherSTEM network, download our WCCB Weather App HERE.