Tropical Depression Claudette brought torrential rain to much of northern Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia late on Saturday. As much as 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain was reported earlier from Claudette along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Ten people – including nine children – have been killed after in a crash involving 18 vehicles in the storm-hit US state of Alabama on Interstate 65 in Butler County on Saturday. The children’s ages ranged from nine months to 17 years old. The vehicles hydroplaned on the wet roads and lost control. Eight of the children killed were in a vehicle from the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch. The youth ranch provides a home for neglected or abused school-age children. The driver of the small Girls Ranch bus was pulled from the burning vehicle. The children were returning to a youth ranch operated by the Alabama Sheriffs Association near Camp Hill, northeast of Montgomery, from a week at the beach in Gulf Shores.
People gathered at Reeltown High School in the east central Alabama town of Notasulga on Sunday afternoon to offer support and counseling to the families of some of those killed in the accident. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has asked members of the public who may have photos or videos of the accident to submit them to law enforcement. In another accdent, a 24-year-old man and a 3-year-old boy were killed when a tree fell on their house just outside the Tuscaloosa city limits.