Claudette formed Saturday morning, now a Tropical Depression

System brought flooding rains, severe weather to parts of the Gulf Coast Saturday

Tropical Depression Claudette will continue to move northeast Saturday night and Sunday
Tropical Depression Claudette will continue to move northeast Saturday night and Sunday (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

After several days of meandering as an unorganized area of storminess in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Claudette formed early Saturday morning as it moved inland into Louisiana - about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans.

While Claudette has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression as of Saturday evening, here’s what the system means for the Gulf Coast states over the rest of the weekend:

  • The latest forecast track takes Claudette northeast
  • Heavy, flooding rainfall will be possible across parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle through the weekend
  • Claudette will weaken over land
  • By Monday afternoon, Claudette will reenter the Atlantic Ocean, perhaps strengthening back into a tropical storm before dissipating over open waters

2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season Names

Tropical Storm Claudette is the third named storm in 2021′s Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Below is a list of names that will be assigned to tropical storms or hurricanes this season. NOTE: Tropical Storm Ana formed earlier this year, while Bill was a short-lived tropical storm that developed earlier last week over the Atlantic.

Here are the names that will be assigned to the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season (Copyright 2021 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

Types of Tropical Systems

There are many types of tropical cyclones. Meteorologist Sarah Spivey takes some time to explore the differences between tropical depressions, tropical storms, hurricanes, and major hurricanes in the video below.

Types of tropical systems: Tropical Depressions to Category 5 Hurricanes
Types of tropical systems: Tropical Depressions to Category 5 Hurricanes

Stay Informed

To keep informed during hurricane season, be sure to bookmark our hurricane page or download the KSAT Hurricane Tracker App. You can also find your local forecast anytime on the KSAT Weather page.


About the Authors:

Justin Horne is a meteorologist and reporter for KSAT 12 News. When severe weather rolls through, Justin will hop in the KSAT 12 Storm Chaser to safely bring you the latest weather conditions from across South Texas. On top of delivering an accurate forecast, Justin often reports on one of his favorite topics: Texas history.

Sarah Spivey is a San Antonio native who grew up watching KSAT long before she began to think about a career in television.