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Heavy rains submerge cars in Florida

Worst hit is West Pensacola, Fla., which received 22 in of rain

PENSACOLA, Fla. | June 11, 2012

" water washed up over my hood and drowned my engine"

—LeRoy Bonifay

Parts of the Florida panhandle and Alabama coast were under a flash flood watch Monday after heavy rain submerged cars and damaged some homes, officials said.

Worst hit was West Pensacola, Fla., which received nearly 22 inches of rain over the weekend, CNN reported. Floodwaters up to 8 feet were reported in some areas, the report said.

One person died after being caught in a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico. The victim and two other swimmers were pulled out of the water at Pensacola Beach, AccuWeather.com reported.

CNN said a boy from Louisiana was hospitalized in critical condition after being struck by lighting Sunday in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Lillian Murphy in Pensacola said her car was submerged and she was "chin-deep in water," CNN reported.

LeRoy Bonifay, 90, said he was with his grandson in the city when water "washed up over my hood and drowned my engine."

Some homes and businesses were damaged and roads and bridges were impassable, authorities said.

AccuWeather.com said Saturday was Pensacola's second wettest day on record with a total of 13.13 inches.

Parts of the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola were under about 6 feet of water at one point during the weekend, CNN reported. Security at the jail was not compromised, officials said.

Low-lying and poor drainage areas, as well as and places along streams and rivers are most susceptible.

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