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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thanks again
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Quoting Tribucanes:
If this does transition to an invest off the east coast, what is the most likely direction it would go?

Away from the USA.
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If this does transition to an invest off the east coast, what is the most likely direction it would go?
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Quoting hydrus:
If that tropical wave stays on a westward path, you will get mega-rain...water from the air..rain is wet..

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

:):))
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Quoting LargoFl:
I think your right..and this is a wake up call to local governments when planning new drainage improvements what they need to plan for,15 inches of rain or more and what size pipes they need to install etc..the photos prove this weekend whatever drainage systems they have now are no good.
Is that called infrastructure?
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Quoting pottery:
Sorry to see all that foul weather in Florida, and the destructive flooding.
More coming in, too.

In the meantime, it has rained all day here... a small section of the ITCZ parked overhead for the last 12 hrs.
1.5" since midnight. Not enough to cause any problems.
Yet...
If that tropical wave stays on a westward path, you will get mega-rain...water from the air..rain is wet..
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and so on..
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Sorry to see all that foul weather in Florida, and the destructive flooding.
More coming in, too.

In the meantime, it has rained all day here... a small section of the ITCZ parked overhead for the last 12 hrs.
1.5" since midnight. Not enough to cause any problems.
Yet...
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Quoting ncstorm:


No, not you but other bloggers from florida..sorry..your posts have been very informative


O gotcha.. yea there sum dummies here and but florida isnt the only place with dummies.. there everywhere.. IMO
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


I never complained about the drought here but I never wish this much rain for anyone.. blahh


No, not you but other bloggers from florida..sorry..your posts have been very informative
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:














thats whats going on Pensacola and I hope it doesnt get worse tho.. :(


whats with the dude on the floating device?
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Quoting ncstorm:


that is a lot of rain..I guess florida wont be in the red anymore on those drought maps..be careful what you wish for..


I never complained about the drought here but I never wish this much rain for anyone.. blahh
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Quoting LargoFl:


that is a lot of rain..I guess florida wont be in the red anymore on those drought maps..be careful what you wish for..
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thats whats going on Pensacola and I hope it doesnt get worse tho.. :(
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Slidell Radar

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385. wxmod
The top image is a satellite photo of a dusty Atlantic and the bottom satellite photo is of a clean-air east Pacific. There is almost no possibility of a hurricane developing in the mid Atlantic right now. The Pacific will sprout a hurricane soon because 1)moisture 2)sea surface temp 3)low shear 4)high lapse rate due in part to clean air 5)rotation energy applied from the Pacific NW deep low a few days ago that blasted south.



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12z Ensembles Run..GFS not kind to the east coast
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Quoting LargoFl:
I am wondering "what part of Stay in your Homes-do NOT drive your cars" dont these people understand?
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img src="http://www.weartv.com//newsroom/features/see- it/uploaded/020112130715_u4Iy6_500x375.jpg


These pics are near pensacola in FL..

and one in Navarre..





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Quoting Dragod66:


There is? Why would that be?
Dragood....you asked yesterday if their was such yhing as a "Noscaster". My answer is yes, one can be a caster from anyplace. If you want to be a Noscaster go ahead. We did have a PEI-caster years ago but he was lost in a freak pancake accident.
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


did not want to c that haha
for me it came up blank
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Quoting LargoFl:


did not want to c that haha
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watch the blob off the cost of Louisiana looks like even no it has a short time overe water but we could at lest get 95L out of it
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In my entire lifetime I have never seen a place in the USA get so much rain, and the rain continues,there is going to be alot of destruction in these area's,just think of the mold and water damage and im assuming there is loss of life as well the red cross and aid agencies are going to be needing alot of help when this is over..prayers for all involved in this diseaster, which it IS..a diseaster
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NSSL WRF 4 km grid initialized 00 UTC Jun 10 2012

36 h Total Precipitation (mm)http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/sport/
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olny if that blob had other 12 too 24hrs overe water we may had seen some in fourm from it
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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSONVILLE FL
335 PM EDT SUN JUN 10 2012

FLC003-125-102130-
/O.NEW.KJAX.FA.Y.0034.120610T1935Z-120610T2130Z/
/00000.N.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/
BAKER FL-UNION FL-
335 PM EDT SUN JUN 10 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN JACKSONVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR MINOR FLOODING OF POOR DRAINAGE
AREAS IN...
SOUTHERN BAKER COUNTY IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA...
NORTHERN UNION COUNTY IN NORTHERN FLORIDA...

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT

* AT 334 PM EDT WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN
FROM SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS NEAR OLUSTEE IN SOUTHWEST BAKER
COUNTY AND EAST ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 90 TOWARDS MACCLENNY THAT MAY
PRODUCE 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN THE ADVISORY AREA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON
SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...AND PONDING OF WATER ON COUNTRY ROADS AND
FARMLAND ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS AND STREAMS.

DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE THE WATER COVERS THE
ROADWAY. THE WATER DEPTH MAY BE TOO GREAT TO ALLOW YOUR CAR TO CROSS
SAFELY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND. REMEMBER...TURN AROUND DONT DROWN.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...COMMERCIAL RADIO OR TELEVISION
STATIONS...OR CABLE TELEVISION FOR ANY UPDATES OR FLOOD WARNINGS. FOR
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
JACKSONVILLE WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET AT WEATHER.GOV/JAX.

&&

LAT...LON 3022 8245 3037 8219 3034 8206 3014 8213
3014 8215 3013 8214 3006 8246

$$

HESS
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Quoting Tazmanian:




nevere mine lol


haha yeaaah that would have been a curve ball
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Quoting Dragod66:


There is? Why would that be?
Quoting JrWeathermanFL:

They arent checking it out




nevere mine lol
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:



thats starting too look good i wounder if it has time too fourm in too some in
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Quoting Tazmanian:
did any one no there is a recon plan in the gulf checking out that wave?


There is? Why would that be?
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Quoting Tazmanian:
did any one no there is a recon plan in the gulf checking out that wave?

They arent checking it out
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Models are unenthusiastic about developing a tropical cyclone in the west Caribbean. They do show a low pressure area though. It's also possible we see tropical development off the East Coast in 5 days from that low currently producing significant rainfall along the Gulf Coast. 93E in the East Pacific is at a code red 60% but is struggling with some wind shear at this time.

Lots of serious flooding going on along the Gulf Coast.


thx

with that low forecasted off the e coast, i called that a normal low yesterday, now the phase diagrams make me feel stupid.

but then again, i know nothing.

my weather radio half scared me to death when the spc issued a tornado watch, when you arent expecting anything to be issued, it kinda catches you off guard. I really should shorten my county range....
And was there really a debris ball today, or was that just speculation again?
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5 day QPF map


Surface Analysis Map
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we sure dont need a cat or higher huricane landfalling where the hvy rain have been or we would have a lot of up looted tress from the high winds
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Quoting Tazmanian:
did any one no there is a recon plan in the gulf checking out that wave?

No
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Link

gfs 500mb vort model forecast
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
ok i am back now, been gone since last night so can someone update me on the models, are they still showing chris and carlotta?

what about the pensacola floods, it looks like it has been raining there all day, what is going on there now?

Models are unenthusiastic about developing a tropical cyclone in the west Caribbean. They do show a low pressure area though. It's also possible we see tropical development off the East Coast in 5 days from that low currently producing significant rainfall along the Gulf Coast. 93E in the East Pacific is at a code red 60% but is struggling with some wind shear at this time.

Lots of serious flooding going on along the Gulf Coast.
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