Record rainfall inundates central Gulf coast

10:48 PM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Record amounts of rain have dropped on the central Gulf coast, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone.

The National Weather Service says 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola on Saturday, coming close to the city's all-time record of 15.29 inches set in 1934.

The rain hit a lull by Saturday night, but meteorologists said they expected more showers and thunderstorms overnight and more intense rain again on Sunday and into Monday.

The Florida Panhandle's Escambia County declared a state of emergency. Sheriff David Morgan told the Pensacola News Journal that he estimated the damage around the county at around $20 million. The sheriff's department's central booking building was among the buildings flooded.

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