Storms Break Rainfall Records

Halls Mill Creek flooding

The severe storms that swept across Alabama and Florida Tuesday were record breakers.

The National Weather Service in Mobile says Mobile set a rainfall record for April 29 with 6.58 inches.  That broke the previous record for the day of 3.67 inches set in 1996.

Pensacola also broke a record with 3.07 inches of rain.  It edged past the record set in 1918 of 3.06 inches.

The Mobile Area Water and Sewer System said its rain gauges recorded levels that qualify Tuesday’s storm as a 100 year rain event.  It says more than 4.13 inches fell in one hour at University Boulevard and Grelot Road.  The largest 15 minute volume was 2.53 inches on the campus of the University of South Alabama.  The storm caused sanitary sewers to overflow into Eslava Creek, Dog River, Halls Mill Creek, Three Mile Creek, Twelve Mile Creek and Mobile Bay.

Along with record-breaking rainfall totals, much of the Gulf Coast has seen flooding and even storm damage.

Video of torrential rain pouring through the parking garage at Mobile Infirmary early Tuesday morning caught attention on social media. Also popular on the web, pictures circulating of hail…some up to a quarter-size.

Snapped pine trees in Washington County, extravagant lighting shows in Daphne, and even a shed floating into a street from flooding were some snapshots many of you took and sent to FOX10 News.

If you can safely send pictures and video of the weather around you, send to reportit@fox10tv.com.

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