'Life-Threatening' Flooding Submerges Pensacola, Florida

נשלח 30 באפר׳ 2014, 11:50 על ידי Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 30 באפר׳ 2014, 11:51 ]

The worst flooding in Florida in a generation — more than 2 feet of water in 26 hours, by one rain gauge — left drivers stranded overnight and into Wednesday, the latest pummeling from the monster storm system lumbering across the country.

Tornado warnings were posted in the morning in Florida, Alabama and North Carolina, and someone in Athens, Ga., was killed when a tree fell on a car, police said. The risk for tornadoes later in the day was highest from South Carolina to Washington, D.C., forecasters said.

They said that Wednesday would probably be the last day of the severe-weather threat from the storm system, which has killed 36 people in seven states in a relentless eastward push of wind and water.

On Tuesday, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle got the worst of it. At least one person was killed, a man in Florida whose car got stuck in rising water. He called for help, but the water was moving too quickly, authorities said.

Five inches of rain fell on Pensacola, Fla., in a single hour, from 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday — more than during the entirety of Hurricane Ivan, which rolled through in 2004, said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

“It went on and on and on. It was relentless,” Cheryl Clendenon, who was stranded in her home in Pensacola Beach until a friend picked her up, told NBC News. “I used to like the sound of rain to help me get to sleep, but this was like Chinese water torture. It just did not stop.”

Flooding reaches door knob INSIDE home in Pensacola, FL.

Source: nbcnews.com