Dangerous Flooding in AL/FL

April 30th, 2014 at 12:49 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Mobile radar    Serious flash flooding is occurring in parts of S. Alabama and NW Florida (up to 18″ of rain in 22 hours!!).  The weather radar at Mobile (see pic. from WPMI) was hit by lightning twice on Tuesday and is out of service as I write this.  There has been one fatality (vehicle drowning)3/4″ hail pelted Pensacola.  As of 5 pm, Mobile had 6.58″ and Pensacola had 3.07″.   From Cort:  Pensacola Airport reported 5.63 inches of rain in 1 hour, as of 9:53 pm CDT. Then they stopped transmitting. They probably lost power or got flooded.    There’s a home weather station NW of Pensacola that is reporting 15.5 inches of rain.  14.9″ of rain12.3″ of rain.  Downtown Mobile had 9.02″ of rain on Tuesday.  Interstate 10 is closed from the state line to mile marker 5 in Escambia CountyHere’s flooding at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Mobile.   Here’s NW Florida radarBurger King floodedDowntown Mobile floodRain gauge approaching 11″.  Here’s 12.07″ of rainWater over docks on Perdido KeyGiant sinkhole swallows F-250.  Roof collapse.   The Fish River at Silverhill expected to go to 8.4 feet over flood stage!  Cars submerged in Pensacola.   Storm Total RainfallSatellite loop – huge system over the eastern U.S. – maga-complex over NW Florida.   Over 9,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes…tough to sleep.   More submerged cars in Pensacola.   Pensacola Blvd.   18,823 lightning flashes in 30 minutes! +50,000-foot tops on the stormsLarge sections of Pensacola are under waterEntire neighborhoods floodedThe mall’s flooding out.   Pensacola:  3.39″ of rain in 27 minutes fell in Pensacola, FL. 5.68″ in 1 hr. 7.18″ in 3 hrs.  Look at this:  Water (waves!) on the I-10 bridge over Pensacola Bay.   A whopper of a floodCars ruined – flooding at a dealership in Pensacola.   Goodwill store flooded.   Mobile flooding getting worse.   Large sections of Pensacola now under water.

15 Responses to “Dangerous Flooding in AL/FL”

  1. Cort S. says:

    NWS has issued a Flash Flood Emergency for the affected areas.

    Pensacola Airport reported 5.63 inches of rain in 1 hour, as of 9:53 pm CDT. They’re approaching a foot for the 24-hr total.

    There’s a home weather station NW of Pensacola that is reporting 15.5 inches of rain.

    Bad day at the Mobile NWS office. Their radar got struck by lightning earlier in the day, and it won’t be fixed until at least midday Wednesday as they had to order replacement parts. NWS New Orleans has been issuing flash flood warnings/emergencies and tornado/severe thunderstorm warnings on behalf of Mobile ever since afternoon. I’m guessing Mobile’s communication lines got fried by the lightning strike.

    1. Cort S. says:

      Pensacola ASOS is still accessible, but not all the data is coming in.

      Pensacola’s rainiest day on record is June 9, 2012, with 13.13″.

      Today, they had 1.5″ in the morning, then a break, then the deluge started in the afternoon. They’re somewhere around 11″ for the day right now. 7″ of that fell in 3 hours.

      1. Jack says:

        Amazing….thanks CORT

    1. Cort S. says:

      That’s a One Hour Precipitation estimation by radar. It’s off the color scale being used. OHP estimation is currently about 3-4″.

  2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Holy cow, it’s still pouring in the panhandle. I couldn’t imagine that much rain. Lightning too. 5K+ lightning strikes in 15 minutes.

    1. GunLakeDeb says:

      The Weather Channel showed a shot taken of the beach – there was so much lightning, that it looked like a strobe :-(

  3. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    One time while living down in Dixie we had some major flooding, damage is be on words. It nothing like the floods we have here in Michigan. Snakes are a big problem during/after a flood. Tourism is big in the panhandle, they will recover and move on in no time. They get hit by flooding/tropical storms every few years.

  4. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Did the math on those lightning strikes… 18,823 strikes in 30 minutes = about 10 strikes a second.

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      WOW, that’s a lot of lightning.

  5. Cort S. says:

    RECORD EVENT REPORT…CORRECTED SPELLING
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOBILE AL
    0448 AM CDT WED APR 30 2014

    …RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT MOBILE…

    A RECORD RAINFALL OF 11.24 INCHES WAS SET AT MOBILE YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 3.67 SET IN 1996.

    …RECORD DAILY MAXIMUM RAINFALL SET AT PENSACOLA…

    A RECORD RAINFALL OF ESTIMATED 11.13 INCHES WAS SET AT PENSACOLA YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 3.06 SET IN 1918. NOTE: ESTIMATE DUE TO FAILURE OF THE AUTOMATED OBSERVING SYSTEM.

  6. GunLakeDeb says:

    Just mind boggling, since that area is used to getting heavy rain… praying that the folks affected have flood insurance (and knowing that most do not, because it’s so damn expensive…..)

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      A lot of insurance companies have pulled out of the Florida market. I am sure a lot of vehicles will be a total loss. Alot of these vehicles will end up on used auto dealerships lots. Once a vehicle been in a flood or minor accident, they never run right.

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