It was not clear how many were injured. AP's earlier story follows below.
Claudette is expected to weaken to a tropical depression before becoming a tropical storm again when it moves into the Carolinas. Sellers did not immediately identify the victims and a medical examiner could not be reached early Sunday. Claudette was forecast to cross into the Atlantic Ocean on Monday, and eventually regain tropical storm strength. As Claudette moves away, and winds shift to the west, storm surge of 1-3 feet above ground level is possible for soundside Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands, while 1-2 feet of flooding is possible for the oceanside areas of the Outer Banks.
As Claudette plowed into the northern Gulf Coast late Friday and early Saturday, it produced five to 10 inches of rain in southeastern Louisiana and coastal MS, with isolated amounts of almost a foot, leading to areas of flooding.
The system was located about 25 miles (35 kilometers) west of Atlanta.
As of Sunday morning, Tropical Depression Claudette took a total of 12 lives in Alabama.
In Alabama's Escambia County, a tornado triggered by Claudette ripped apart at least 50 mobile homes, according to Gov. Kay Ivey. Most of the damage was done in or near the towns of Brewton and East Brewton, about 48 miles (77 kilometers) north of Pensacola, Florida.
"It kind of affected everybody", Jackson said.
Bynum reported from Savannah, Georgia.
The storm also dumped flooding rains north of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana and along the MS coast, inundating streets and, in some areas, pushing water into homes. The storm then fell on the Florida Panhandle and a large area of Alabama, quite inland.
"The storm total rainfall is expected to be 5 to 10 inches with isolated 15 inches totals in southeast Louisiana, southern MS, southern Alabama, and the western Florida panhandle", NHC forecaster John Cangialosi said.
The Alabama Emergency Management Agency warned the threat of flooding and tornadoes will continue throughout the night.
The NHC noted that a National Ocean Service station on Petit Bois Island, Miss. had recently recorded maximum winds of 39 miles per hour with a gust to 46 miles per hour.
Heavy rainfall of 6 to 10 inches (about 15 to 25 centimeters) was expected throughout the weekend in the southwestern and western coastal areas of Mexico.
Flooding had already begun on Friday night, with local media reporting high water over roads, stranded vehicles and water rescues; flood warnings and watches were in effect in addition to a widespread tropical storm warning.