As much as 20-27 inches of rain inundated the Florida panhandle and coastal Alabama over the weekend. On Saturday alone, 13.11 inches fell in Pensacola, Fl. its second highest single day rainfall total on record. Pensacola’s only wetter day occurred on October 5, 1934 when a tropical storm produced 15.29” there.
NOAA’s Hydrometeorological Prediction Center now reports 27.63” has fallen in west Pensacola since Thursday night (officially 15.08” at Pensacola airport).
WeatherBug stations indicate 15-23” inches have fallen in Pensacola over the last three days.
In nearby Mobile, Al, about 10-20” of rain fell in that stretch (officially: 10.1”at Mobile regional airport)
While the region was in severe to extreme drought, which the rains have helped alleviate, it’s been a situation of too much rain at once.
The Associated Press (AP) said late Saturday that damage from floodwaters could exceed $20 million in Escambia County, where a state of emergency was declared.
The Escambia county jail received extensive damage according to the AP:
More than 600 inmates at the Escambia County Jail in Florida were without power and air conditioning after the rains left more than 5 feet of water in the bottom floor, which also houses the laundry and kitchen facilities.
Extra deputies were brought in to beef up security, and generators powered lights outside the facility to shine into the jail. Officials worked Monday to pump out the excess water and restore power.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue in that region today with up to 1-2” of additional rain possible. But, generally, flood waters are receding and the worst is over.
Link: Local Radar
The heavy rains were caused by a stalled out front interacting with copious moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
More photos of the flooding are shown below....