Torrential rain causes widespread flooding in Florida panhandle

By: Angela Fritz , 2:25 AM GMT on June 10, 2012

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Torrential rainfall led to widespread flooding along the northern Gulf Coast on Saturday, and Pensacola came about 2 inches shy of matching its all-time rainfall record for a calendar day: 15.29 inches. On Saturday, Pensacola airport received 13.13 inches of rain. The previous record was set on October 5, 1934, as Tropical Storm 9 of that year was making landfall. The record for any 24 hour period is 17.1 inches, spanning Octover 4-5 in 1934, according to Wunderground weather historian Christopher C. Burt.

A state of emergency was declared for Florida's Escambia County. According to the AP:

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.


The rain has since ended for now in the Gulf states, but images and video of the aftermath are still pouring in. The area is expected to receive more rain on Sunday, which could last until the middle of next week, as thunderstorms fire along a stationary front which is draped across the coastal states.


Figure 1. Widespread, heavy rain washes onto the Gulf shores on Saturday, enhanced by a lingering stationary front that's draped across the region. The heaviest rain fell in Pensacola, Florida, which came 2 inches shy of breaking its all-time calendar day rainfall record.


Video: Downtown Pensacola still flooded this evening after the rain had stop. The city's airport received 13.13 inches of rain since midnight.

Angela

Pensacola, FL (Jebekarue)
South Fairfield Drive, north of Hwy 98.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
If that low can survive over land it should have no problems really when it comes off of the coast and develop.it might be sub-tropical though.But due to that gulf stream I'm thinking tropical in nature.


the models earlier this week were depicting the low to traverse across the panhandle and develop on the SE coast..lets see if that still happens..there are also two tropical waves out there in the atlantic..below average for the season..I dont think so..
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I'll be back later with a new blog entry guys. Just to keep you wondering, I'm going to lower my peak intensity for 93E by quite a bit. The latest SHIPS model forecast shows higher shear, more so than originally predicted. Only one model brings the system to hurricane status now. To make things complicated, that one model happens to be the most accurate out of all of them.
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


I havent done anything wrong.. Im the only floridian that has been on lately.. and u making so many claims like it has happen the last few hours.. C'mon mane.. Let it go.. Every state has crazies and if u don't think so then u need to travel to every state mane.. Im not just talking to u but others that complain about Floridians.. Like i said, I just posting pictures, satellite images, and all i said was i wish this would end and it doesnt get worse.. Idk how that is so harshed towards u and others.. cry me a freaking river!!! Its a message board and there always going to be idiots on here and they arent all from FL..


Try not to quote that kid. He's been doing this for years, saying ridiculous stuff then getting banned only to come back, I've got at least 25 of his names on my ignore list. You know, my definition of crazy is doing the same exact thing again and again expecting a different result - the truth is, he wants to be accepted and heard out and he just really needs to get a job and move on. He also used to send out flat out mean messages to certain members (myself included) and he also sent rather crude and insensitive messages to female bloggers a few years back, for which he was also banned for I believe.
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Quoting Tazmanian:



plzs look at post 433 and see oh he Quoteed



and i told him plzs dont quot him


oh okay, i have h305 on my ignore list now
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Quoting lobdelse81:
Anyone think we will get the "C" storm before this month is done?

I think so.... In both basins
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


Pattern setting up like 2004 when we got 2 cane strikes
noworries
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Quoting ncstorm:
If that low can survive over land it should have no problems really when it comes off of the coast and develop.it might be sub-tropical though.But due to that gulf stream I'm thinking tropical in nature.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


what is wrong with hurricane305?



plzs look at post 433 and see oh he Quoteed



and i told him plzs dont quot him
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Anyone think we will get the "C" storm before this month is done?
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I know the system isn't tropical,but it certainy seems tropic like,in Biloxi.
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Quoting Tazmanian:


PLZ DO NOT QUOTE HIM


what is wrong with hurricane305?
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


I havent done anything wrong.. Im the only floridian that has been on lately.. and u making so many claims like it has happen the last few hours.. C'mon mane.. Let it go.. Every state has crazies and if u don't think so then u need to travel to every state mane.. Im not just talking to u but others that complain about Floridians.. Like i said, I just posting pictures, satellite images, and all i said was i wish this would end and it doesnt get worse.. Idk how that is so harshed towards u and others.. cry me a freaking river!!! Its a message board and there always going to be idiots on here and they arent all from FL..



PLZ DO NOT QUOTE HIM
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:

sorry, i added him now



plz note that you be adding of lot of his names has he gets ban and make new names
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Quoting TropicalStormChris:
You just CANNOT satisfy Floridians, now can you? It's either, OMG, we're so dry that the sun is setting the ground on fire, or that we're in severe drought conditions, blah, blah, blah. Or, OMG, make it stop already, we're drowning; we've already had over a foot of rain fall over our county and it's still coming down. Close the faucet already! It's resulting catastrophic flooding, blah, blah.....

PEOPLE, in life you CANNOT have your cake and eat it too. And this even applies to the weather, believe it or not.

Enough with this HYPOCRISY!!!!!!!!


I havent done anything wrong.. Im the only floridian that has been on lately.. and u making so many claims like it has happen the last few hours.. C'mon mane.. Let it go.. Every state has crazies and if u don't think so then u need to travel to every state mane.. Im not just talking to u but others that complain about Floridians.. Like i said, I just posting pictures, satellite images, and all i said was i wish this would end and it doesnt get worse.. Idk how that is so harshed towards u and others.. cry me a freaking river!!! Its a message board and there always going to be idiots on here and they arent all from FL..
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Quoting Tazmanian:



GeorgiaStormz PLZ DO NOT QUOTE HIM you can get banned for quoting him a lot of else have him on Ignore

sorry, i added him now
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


Pattern setting up like 2004 when we got 2 cane strikes


PLZ DO NOT QUOTE HIM
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


hi JFV



GeorgiaStormz PLZ DO NOT QUOTE HIM you can get banned for quoting him a lot of else have him on Ignore
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:
Good afternoon...

New Atlantic tropical update on my blog hot of the press. It talks about the pre-season activity...current activity...and three prospect areas for new activity. Feel free to post questions on my blog about anything in the post....enjoy....


Great blog as usual I really enjoyed that read, Keep up the good work.
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Quoting Tazmanian:



not good


No. it would be much better if that front moved over a bit, took the pressure OFF Pensacola and let the rest of us soak up some.
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Quoting TropicalStormChris:


Not true; South Florida could def. use a cane strike right about now.


Pattern setting up like 2004 when we got 2 cane strikes
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


hi JFV
Pretend IT doesn't exist and IT will go away.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

A slow moving hurricane or even a slow moving TS would be devastating to the FL Panhandle if it hit right now... Luckily nothing tropical is on the way for a while but it still looks like it'll be staying wet down there




not good
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Quoting Slamguitar:
Storms that go through the Jackpot this year are sure going to be happy.And with that high not seeming to budge that could be a reality.
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Looks like a break for pensacola, and then the rest of the heavy stuff starts:

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Quoting hydrus:
Infrastructure in desperate need of an upgrade...Where have I heard this before....
Im keeping mum on the subject
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Quoting hydrus:
I come here to learn and burn,,:)..pfft..I hope the almighty Calabash Tree is doin really good..:)

LOL, It's thriving, loving all this rain, mud, mould and fungus....
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Quoting pottery:

I never knew that...
This is why I come here, to learn these Words of Wisdom.
Buggles the mind.

:):))
I come here to learn and burn,,:)..pfft..I hope the almighty Calabash Tree is doin really good..:)
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Good afternoon...

New Atlantic tropical update on my blog hot of the press. It talks about the pre-season activity...current activity...and three prospect areas for new activity. Feel free to post questions on my blog about anything in the post....enjoy....
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AT 419 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR DAVIS PARK...
MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

apparently there was another confirmed tornado
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Florida sure is a strange state...
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Quoting hydrus:
Infrastructure in desperate need of an upgrade...Where have I heard this before....

Somewhere in the Third World ??
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Quoting Tazmanian:



but the bad news is that you guys dont need any cat 3 or higher hurricanes or there will be a lot of uo looted tress even cat 1 will do that



the groud is vary wet right now overe there


That's true. But also so much sandy ground that the water just runs through. it won't take that long to dry out, as bad as it looks now.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:
Is that called infrastructure?
Infrastructure in desperate need of an upgrade...Where have I heard this before....
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Quoting Tazmanian:



but the bad news is that you guys dont need any cat 3 or higher hurricanes or there will be a lot of uo looted tress even cat 1 will do that



the groud is vary wet right now overe there

A slow moving hurricane or even a slow moving TS would be devastating to the FL Panhandle if it hit right now... Luckily nothing tropical is on the way for a while but it still looks like it'll be staying wet down there

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river in silverhill, Alabama is near flood stages..these rivers will crest after the rain is gone (if the rain ever leaves)..its just gonna get worse if you live near these rivers

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Considering the comments people have made about those who choose not to stay home:

with floods in the GA area it seems that those who drive at all are the busy type who think they "have" to go somewhere, and those who drive into the water are either the stupid, those who think their vehicle is "tough enough", but most often it seems to be those who have an urgent reason to get where they are going.

When GA had it floods, i can particularly remember 2 vehicle related flood deaths.
One was a mom who had left her 4 children at home a home and had attempted to cross a creek flowing a road, and another was a businessman whose company had not cancelled an important meeting.
The final common situation is when people try to estimate the depth of the water based on what they remember, this almost always leads to underestimation.
And many people just dont understand that 6 in of water is very dangerous, and attempt to cross "shallow waters"
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:>
and so on..


Wow, quite a sink... Great pictures FLP. Thanks for posting them.
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Quoting Methurricanes:
On on Positive note, Florida is flat so atleast there isnt raging water barreling through town, like the CT Valley towns last year, but rather stagnent water.



but the bad news is that you guys dont need any cat 3 or higher hurricanes or there will be a lot of uo looted tress even cat 1 will do that



the groud is vary wet right now overe there
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On on Positive note, Florida is flat so atleast there isnt raging water barreling through town, like the CT Valley towns last year, but rather stagnent water.
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FLPanhandle,
that pic of Navarro with the waves is really wonderful.

I know it is politically incorrect at the moment to wish for rain, and I'm sure sorry for the troubles that the folks in Pensacola are having, but sheeting rain like we got sits on the surface and causes all sorts of chaos. Like someone up there just turns on a faucet and suddenly you can't see across the street.

That does not mean that we are out of the woods as far as the drought goes. Our aquifer is still very low, and I'm hoping that this season will continue to bring us rain. If we are lucky it will be spread around a bit, so no one has to get flooded out. We're just a few hours east and still pretty dry.

I'm sure the Pensacola folks must have mixed feelings. Everyone wants the water so bad, but no one wants a state of emergency or to get their car washed by immersion! That's what makes the shot of the guy on his pool float so great. I can almost hear him thinking, 'Oh well, what the....'
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Wow the rain situation in the panhandle continues to get worse about a 12 inches and more by the time this is done. In fact I believe the Mayor of Pensacola declared a state of emergency. It just goes to show you unpredictable nature is.
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A decent IR image here...

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thanks again
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