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.
Pensacola, FL
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Out the front window as our house flooded
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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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353. code1
Came in a bit ago to read the good Doc's update on the flooding. Made the mistake of reading a few comments back. BAD CODE!!! You know better.....HOWEVER, Taz is a most valued member of WU. I see most of you razzing on him are young by your own verbage, and time on this site. LOL We had our own adult wars here years ago. Yours, look to be only young kids jonesing for position. Forget it!! Taz is one of ours. Don't forget that, or we will all come back and play!
Keep on, keeping on Tazman!
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did any one no there is a recon plan in the gulf checking out that wave?
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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?
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
taz dont fall for it we are doing good tag flag and bag



ok i re move the post i made
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348. txjac
Quoting Minnemike:
Taz is good too.. No Doubt!!
i know best of intentions reside :)


Of course he is ...just want to make sure that he doesnt get drawn in to it and risk harming his own ID.
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Quoting txjac:


You're good Mike ...you're not being counterproductive.
Taz is good too.. No Doubt!!
i know best of intentions reside :)
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Quoting Tazmanian:




grow up
taz dont fall for it we are doing good tag flag and bag
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345. code1

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Quoting hydrus:
Almost looks like a landfalling tropical cyclone now..


As I mentioned before, this system should spark the development being indicated by the models off the US East Coast. It appears to be at least sub-tropical, at least according to the GFS.
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343. txjac
Quoting Minnemike:
sometimes i think Taz pushes an envelope, i guess that's what i sought to communicate. i get that my post was somewhat counterproductive, i apologize. it's just sometimes.. i don't know


You're good Mike ...you're not being counterproductive.
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Here's my blog!
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Quoting txjac:


I think many recognize it ...however just do what needs to be done and not be vocal about it ..
sometimes i think Taz pushes an envelope, i guess that's what i sought to communicate. i get that my post was somewhat counterproductive, i apologize. it's just sometimes.. i don't know
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Here's a rundown of the models.

12z ECMWF - tries to close off a low off the US East Coast in 120 hours, but isn't as enthusiastic and does not show any sort of low in the Caribbean.

12z GFS & Ensembles - develops the system off the US East Coast in about 120 hours and weakens it by 172, it hardly moves over that timeframe. By 144 hours, what would probably be an invest takes place in the Caribbean then by 180 hours it strengthens it to peak intensity of 1003mb before unusually splitting then dissipating.

12z UKMET hints at the low off the US East Coast, but was much stronger during the 00z with it.

12z CMC is rather non-tropical with the low off the US East Coast.

They are by no means consistent and unanimous, but there is decent model support, mostly by the GFS, that there could be at least one cyclone this month.

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335. txjac
Quoting FLPandhandleJG:




Hmmm not looking good.. grr


Lots of water there ...dang, that is a massive amount of rain on top of what these areas have already gotten. Everyone stay safe
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Hmmm not looking good.. grr
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333. txjac
Quoting Minnemike:
i was wondering if Taz oughtta lighten up... but no, true colors shown.. i can support this flagging.
i only type this in case anyone doubted Taz.. but he nailed it. now to use the blog tools we've been gifted :)


I think many recognize it ...however just do what needs to be done and not be vocal about it ..
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i was wondering if Taz oughtta lighten up... but no, true colors shown.. i can support this flagging.
i only type this in case anyone doubted Taz.. but he nailed it. now to use the blog tools we've been gifted :)
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CMC ensembles of the potential NC storm off the east coast

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Quoting BahaHurican:
Later guys... gotta run. Enjoy the rest of ur day!

Same to you Baha!
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Quoting keithneese:


There are a few homes flooded. Our privacy fence is down in my back yard. The main issue here seems to be people driving over flooded roads, getting stranded, and then having to be rescued. I also saw a report of a child that was struck by lightning in Gulf Shores.
It. is very sad.I am in Gulf Shores on vacation and the report is that a child and five adults were struck by lighting.The child remains in critical condition.It happened about two blocks from where I am staying.Close to the Hangout.Now who would be walking on the beach in thunderstorms?My prayers are with the families.
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Gulf Breeze Proper 12.5" at my house yesterday 2" today and counting!!!
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
The Euro looks like it wants to show development off the NC coast in 4 days or so but it never really does...


thanks for posting that..Ive been saying that the east coast will see the next development..again.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
I think I'm going to write a blog...

Ok...you think, or you know?
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Later guys... gotta run. Enjoy the rest of ur day!
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End of the Euro run... Nothing again...

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Gosh i havent been on here in awhile but man it is bad down with all the flooding.. Looks like forecast doesnt look good for another week.. geesh!

But anyways how is every1..
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Hey Nige.... wx here is partly cloudy, with lots of sun. Good day to go to the beach...

Now
Scattered Clouds
Temperature
87 °F
Feels Like 87 °F
Wind(mph)
13 NE

Yeah, that is very nice beach weather...the sea have been pretty choppy here, so it's not really a good time to go to the beach though it has been pretty hot and dry as well.
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12z GGEM

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I think I'm going to write a blog...
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Hey Nige.... wx here is partly cloudy, with lots of sun. Good day to go to the beach...

Now
Scattered Clouds
Temperature
87 °F
Feels Like 87 °F
Wind(mph)
13 NE
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The Euro looks like it wants to show development off the NC coast in 4 days or so but it never really does...
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Thanks, TWX13... I guess I need to migrate my wx links over to the Acer since I'm using a bit more for wx related blogging than I used to...
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Quoting BahaHurican:
My greater concern is that the CAR region is likely to get whomped more than once... especially if the high setup doesn't favor recurvature until over the US. Also I'm looking at average location of ITCZ across the basin, and that seems to be staying low enough to allow any early storms to run through the Caribbean instead of passing off to the north, like, say, Isabel.

As pple have been saying in a variety of ways, it's not so much how many we have, as where the one really bad one makes landfall...

Hopefully we'll not see another 2008 which especially bad for Cuba, the Cayman islands and Texas!
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:


...We have a history of highly productive salt ponds, : )
and true to form, moisture has been staying away
(following some big rains early in May.)
LOL... I was just thinking about them salt ponds... lol... and wondering how Morton used to keep those big heaps of salt from melting away when it rained....
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Quoting GTcooliebai:
I'm thinking 15 named storms. We all need to be prepared for a Major Hurricane hit on the US this year. It has been 7 years since a Major Hurricane. Although some debate on whether Ike was a Major Hurricane which judging by the pictures of the damages I would consider it was a Major Hurricane. Still that was 4 years ago.
My greater concern is that the CAR region is likely to get whomped more than once... especially if the high setup doesn't favor recurvature until over the US. Also I'm looking at average location of ITCZ across the basin, and that seems to be staying low enough to allow any early storms to run through the Caribbean instead of passing off to the north, like, say, Isabel.

As pple have been saying in a variety of ways, it's not so much how many we have, as where the one really bad one makes landfall...
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Quoting BahaHurican:
Does anybody have a hand on the mean monthy surface pressures for this year? I'm on the Acer, which has practically no links.... would also be great to see whatever longrange forecasting there is out there for surface pressure means, plus NAO...

This could get quite interesting before August is over.

The ECMWF model has Mean Sea Level Pressures average to slightly above average throughout the season. The image below is for August-September-October. Definitely showing pressures a lot lower than in previous forecasts when the Atlantic was covered in dark red.

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Quoting BahaHurican:
Hey, CRS.... have u guys gotten rain today? Ya'll seem like the only ones in this chain who haven't been soaked for weeks....


...We have a history of highly productive salt ponds, : )
and true to form, moisture has been staying away
(following some big rains early in May.)
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Does anybody have a hand on the mean monthy surface pressures for this year? I'm on the Acer, which has practically no links.... would also be great to see whatever longrange forecasting there is out there for surface pressure means, plus NAO...

This could get quite interesting before August is over.
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Quoting GTcooliebai:
I'm thinking 15 named storms. We all need to be prepared for a Major Hurricane hit on the US this year. It has been 7 years since a Major Hurricane. Although some debate on whether Ike was a Major Hurricane which judging by the pictures of the damages I would consider it was a Major Hurricane. Still that was 4 years ago.
If that high doesn't out of the way then we're in trouble.it's further south and stronger than it has been in these last two years.
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Almost looks like a landfalling tropical cyclone now..
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