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Gulf Coast Flooding, Midwest Storms

10 Jun 2012, 12:50 pm

Video from Youtube User: wardbrian1975

Flooding continues as the rain just keeps on coming down along the Gulf Coast today.  From the USA Today: “The Florida Panhandle’s Escambia County declared a state of emergency. Sheriff David Morgan told the Pensacola News Journal that he estimated the damage around the county at around $20 million. The sheriff’s department’s central booking building was among the buildings flooded.  Emergency shelters were opened at a few local schools for people who were urged to evacuate from low-lying areas, the newspaper reported. Thousands were without power. Neighboring Santa Rosa County had about 40 homes flooded.  Streets were flooded throughout Mobile, Ala., which got 5.79 inches of rain. County authorities warned residents to stay off the roads until the waters receded and workers could look for damage and downed utilities.”

Check out this photo from @sevenlies on twitter of her flooded yard!

New records have been sent with a grand total of 13.13″ of rain in just 24 hours.

This was the second wettest day in recorded history in Pensacola.  The wettest day was on October 5, 1934 with over 15″ of rain.  That was associated with a tropical storm.  The rain that has been coming recently is not associated with a tropical system.

From the National Weather Service in Mobile/Pensacola:

After a brief break in the storms, more rain is on the way for today.  Showers and thunderstorms could produce another 3 to 4 inches for the already flooded areas.

Map shows the projected rainfall over the next 2 days.

Less impressive amounts of rain coming to the Midwest.  But storms in the Midwest could include some severe weather today as a cooler air mass pushes into the region.

The best chance for strong storms within the slight risk area will be across Central and Northern Minnesota down into Oklahoma. There is also a severe threat in portions of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia where all the heavy rain is falling as storms move ashore.

In fact, a Tornado Watch has already been issued until 7 PM CDT for portions of the southeast.

Behind this system, high temperatures will be dropping by as much as 20 degrees, bringing those areas closer to their average high for this time of the year.

Highs Yesterday

Highs Today

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Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek

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