Florida Panhandle Flooding
With roads washed out, cars underwater, and some neighborhoods looking almost unrecognizable, residents in the Florida Panhandle are seeing catastrophic flooding first hand.
Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the region, and he toured the damage on Wednesday.
And according to the National Weather Service, the rain was so strong at times, one hour of rainfall surpassed the totals of Hurricane Ivan. Pensacola saw 26 inches of rain, over a 48 hour period.
WENY Chief Meteorologist Joe Veres analyzed the radar and weather data from the Florida panhandle. He says the ground was already saturated from previous storms, leaving the water no where to go.
WENY News spoke to Elmira native Karen Phillips, she lives in Crestview, which is 40 miles east of Pensacola, Florida. Crestview had a rain accumulation of 20 inches over the 48 hour period.