Severe Storms Devastate US Gulf Coast
EspañolOn Wednesday, the Florida Panhandle and the Alabama coast were hit with one of the worst storms in decades, flooding roads and swallowing cars and homes. This is the latest destruction caused by a tornado-packed storm system that killed at least 34 people this week in the southern region of the United States.
Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties that have been flooded by the non-stop, 24-hour rain. Emergency workers evacuated approximately 200 people from the Florida Panhandle. Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola, said some areas of the city were up to four feet under water.
Eric Esbensen, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, reported that initial radar images indicate this to be the worst flooding in the Panhandle region in the last 30 years.
Earlier this week, more than 200 people were injured in Arkansas and Mississippi, and deaths were also reported in Oklahoma, Iowa, Alabama, and Tennessee. Severe weather conditions are expected to persist until Thursday.