Rains soak Florida Gulf Coast
Pensecola, FL, United States (4E) – Parts of Florida were drenched with almost two feet of rain over the weekend.
Portions of southwest Alabama were still under a flood warning Monday as bucketing rains that caused extensive flooding and millions of dollars in damage in coastal Alabama and Florida began to dispel.
Authorities issued rip current warnings that could cause danger to anyone attempting to surf along the Alabama and Florida coasts through Monday afternoon.
A thunderstorm early Monday dropped up to 2 inches of rain in Mobile and Baldwin counties in southwest Alabama, the National Weather Service reported.
Another 1.5 inches was possible, which could result in minor flooding. Bayou Sara in Saraland, Alabama, was also expected to flood.
Through Sunday morning, some places in Alabama and Florida were drenched with up to 22 inches of rain.
West Pensacola received 21.7 inches, while Mobile, Alabama, saw between 5 and 10 inches. Some coastal area got about an inch.
Officials in the Pensacola region expect damage to exceed $20 million.
The central booking facility of the Escambia County Jail, where inmates are brought in, was under about 6 feet of water at one point over the weekend.
Flash flooding made sections of some roadways in the area impassable, with some reporting waters rising more than 6 feet in spots.