Michael Crocker has hit those who insist the Melbourne Storm cheated the salary cap in the 2000s with a swift rebuttal.The controversy surrounding Melbourne's 2007 and 2009 titles, which the NRL discarded after finding the club guilty of rorting the salary cap, roared back to life when former Storm captain Cameron Smith refused to back down at a special lunch last month, declaring "they're still premierships to me".
A tropical storm is expected to make landfall today and is forecasted to bring heavy rainfall and high wind speeds to areas in the Gulf Coast, Florida and Louisiana. If the tropical storm makes landfall, it will be named Tropical Storm Claudette.
On Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center announced on Twitter "A broad area of low pressure over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico is likely to become a tropical or subtropical depression tonight or early Friday. A tropical storm warning will likely be required for parts of the northern Gulf Coast later this afternoon."
Tropical Storm Claudette brings rain, floods to US Gulf Coast
Flooding had already begun overnight on Friday with reports of high water over roads and stranded vehicles. Flash flood warnings dotted the coast while flood watches were in effect well inland for parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and central and northern Georgia. Here are the Key Messages for newly formed Tropical Storm Claudette early Saturday morning. The latest NHC forecast is at https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB and your local weather prediction is at https://t.co/SiZo8ohZMN pic.twitter.
Following their announcement, they issued several advisories warning of a potential tropical cyclone 3.
"The system is expected to produce heavy rainfall, considerable flash, urban and small stream flooding beginning today and continuing through the weekend along the Central Gulf Coast with flood impacts spreading northeastward into the Southern Appalachians," the National Hurricane Center said in an update on Friday morning.
The update continued, "Tropical storm conditions are expected to begin today in areas near and well to the east of the center along portions of the central Gulf Coast from Intracoastal City, La., to the Okaloosa/Walton County line, Fla., including New Orleans."
Forecasted maps released by the National Hurricane Center show areas such as New Orleans and Mobile, Ala. could see rainfall of up to 10 inches, while surrounding areas such as Montgomery could see slightly less rainfall of approximately four to six inches.
Claudette drenches Southeast, may trigger more flash flooding before strengthening to tropical storm again
Tropical Depression Claudette is continuing its trek across the Southeast, hitting parts of Georgia and the Carolinas for a soggy Father's Day.The center of the system, which downgraded to a tropical depression Saturday, now sits over Alabama, but the edges of the storm is touching the Carolinas.
Forecasters are also predicting the rainfall from the tropical storm could also cause flash flooding. A forecasted map from the National Hurricane Center shows areas including New Orleans, Mobile and Montgomery are at a 20 percent risk of flash flooding. Surrounding areas including Jackson, Miss.; Birmingham, Ala.; Atlanta; and Charlotte are at a 10 percent risk of flash flooding.
The National Hurricane Center is also forecasting some areas are at a 30 percent risk of facing tropical-storm-force winds, exceeding 39 mph.
On Friday morning, the National Weather Service in New Orleans tweeted a gif of an updated radar, showing the potential tropical storm moving closer toward the coast.
Alabama interstate wreck leaves 10 dead, including 9 children
A wreck on an Alabama interstate has left at least 10 people dead, including nine children. A pile-up involving at least 15 vehicles happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 65 in Butler County between mile markers 137 and 138. That’s located just past exit 130 in Greenville, Alabama, some 40 miles south of that state capital of Montgomery, WSFA reported. Much of central Alabama was enduring torrential rains and high winds at the time as a result of Tropical Depression Claudette. Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said that the vehicles likely hydroplaned on the wet road.
"First bands of the tropical system are working their way on shore with the large blob of heavy rainfall still offshore. This area should impact SELA and Coastal MS this afternoon and continue into the evening," the tweet said.
Radar Update (925am) - First bands of the tropical system are working their way on shore with the large blob of heavy rainfall still offshore. This area should impact SELA and Coastal MS this afternoon and continue into the evening. #mswx #lawx pic.twitter.com/x1E7JBF2xu
— NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) June 18, 2021
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency on Thursday in response to the potential tropical storm.
"In addition to heavy rains, there is also a threat of coastal flooding, tropical storm force winds and isolated tornadoes," the governor wrote in a tweet, noting Louisiana's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have "activated its Crisis Action Team & stands ready to support local partners with any resources needed beyond parish capabilities."
In addition to heavy rains, there is also a threat of coastal flooding, tropical storm force winds and isolated tornadoes. @GOHSEP has activated its Crisis Action Team & stands ready to support local partners with any resources needed beyond parish capabilities. #lagov #lawx
Storm Claudette Likely Behind Death of 10, Including 9 Children, in Alabama Vehicle Crash
Tropical Storm Claudette was cited as the likely cause in a vehicle accident in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children.Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock said the vehicles likely hydroplaned on the wet roads on Interstate 65. One of the vehicles involved in the crash was from Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch.
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) June 17, 2021
If the storm is officially designated a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center, it will be named Claudette, the third named storm this year. Tropical Storm Ana formed near Bermuda last month and Tropical Storm Bill formed last week near the coast of North Carolina.
The National Hurricane Center directed Newsweek to the updated advisories they post on their website in response to a request for comment.
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