Heavy rains pose flood threat for south Alabama, Florida Panhandle

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Posted on June 10, 2012 at 12:02 PM

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Heavy rains over southwestern Alabama are posing a threat of flooding and forecasters say the downpours are likely to continue into Monday.

The National Weather Service has the Mobile area under a flash-flood watch with between 2 and 4 inches of rain expected to fall. That's on top of more than 9 inches of precipitation that's accumulated since Friday.

Several roads have been flooded in Mobile County, where authorities say they've had a few motorists get stuck in mud and water as they tried to bypass barricades.

A homeowner who lives on a private lake in Mobile told the Press-Register water overflowed into his yard Saturday. Mitch Smith says the flooding blocked the main road to his home, forcing his family to march up a muddy hill to get away.

To the east, officials in the Florida Panhandle are assessing the damage after floodwaters damaged homes and more closed roads. More than 100 residents spent Saturday night in three Red Cross shelters in Escambia County.

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025-a-12-(Jason Beaman, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"showers and thunderstorms"-Forecaster Jason Beaman, at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, says record-setting rainfall has prompted flash flood warnings for the Panhandle area through the weekend. (10 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *025 (06/10/12)>> 00:12 "showers and thunderstorms"

026-a-17-(Jason Beaman, lead forecaster, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"and northwest Florida"-Forecaster Jason Beaman, at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, says even more rain is expected Sunday. ((note length of cut)) (10 Jun 2012)

<<CUT *026 (06/10/12)>> 00:17 "and northwest Florida"

APPHOTO FLPEJ102: Cars make their way through floodwaters on Brent Lane following heavy rains Saturday, June 9, 2012, in Pensacola, Fla. The National Weather Service said 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola over 24 hours by Saturday, coming close to the city's all-time record of 15.29 inches set in 1934, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone with more rain on the way. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, Bruce Graner) NO SALES (23 Jun 2002)

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APPHOTO FLPEJ101: Homes on Guillemard Street are inundated with floodwaters following heavy rains Saturday, June 9, 2012, near downtown Pensacola, Fla. The National Weather Service said 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola over 24 hours by Saturday, coming close to the city's all-time record of 15.29 inches set in 1934, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone with more rain on the way. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, John Blackie) NO SALES (9 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO FLPEJ103: Rick Debel stands on the porch of his home on Guillemard Street following heavy rains Saturday, June 9, 2012, near downtown Pensacola, Fla. The National Weather Service said 13.11 inches fell on Pensacola over 24 hours by Saturday, coming close to the city's all-time record of 15.29 inches set in 1934, causing what could be millions of dollars in flood damage in the Pensacola area alone with more rain on the way. (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, John Blackie) NO SALES (9 Jun 2012)

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