August 17, 2009

No Major Damage Reported As Claudette Moves Inland

Dark clouds form in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Sunday, ahead Tropical Storm Claudette

Tropical Storm Claudette did very little damage to Ft Walton area. Okaloosa County Public Safety Director Dino Villani described Claudette as pretty uneventful. "All we had were some power line issues from lightning and wind," Villani said.

A few transformers sustained damage, particularly in Destin and Shalimar. The occasional power line came down. Villani stated there were no reports of deaths, injuries or major property damage.

By 6 a.m., the transformer damage and power line failures had been cleaned up, and Villani said there were no road closures or flooding conditions expected in the county. Four people took advantage of the storm shelter opened in Crestview. The Crestview shelter will close once its occupants have departed.

An update on river conditions is expected later today.

The National Weather Service has cancelled the tropical storm warning for the Florida Panhandle, but warns wind gusts of 30 to 35mph, 3 to 7 inches of rain, and mild storm surge of 2 to 4 feet may still occur throughout the day.

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