The storms overnight brought heavy rainfall, massive flooding and tornado warnings to parts of the region.
By morning, some incredible images were being posted on social media of roads demolished by the high waters and severe weather, flooded homes and stranded vehicles.
The situation is so bad that officials are calling it the worst flood in that part of the state in 30 years, according to Bill Pearson, a spokesman for Escambia County, which includes Pensacola. The National Weather Service reported between 15 and 20 inches of rain in Pensacola in 24 hours as of Wednesday morning. And as many as 30,000 were left without power in the panhandle.
“It’s gotten to the point where we can’t send EMS and fire-rescue crews out on some 911 calls because they can’t get there,” Pearson told the Associated Press. “We’ve had people whose homes are flooding and they’ve had to climb up to the attic.”