Rains from Nicholas continues

HOLT, Fla., Sept. 16, 2021—Heavy rain is expected to persist through today and possibly into the weekend.

A flash flood watch is in effect until 7 p.m. tomorrow.

An additional 3-to-6 inches of additional rainfall is expected today with locally higher totals, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Additional showers with isolated thunderstorms associated with remnants of Tropical Depression Nicholas have redeveloped overnight over the Gulf of Mexico and have been moving onshore this morning, according to the NWS.

This will persist through the day today.

Some areas have already received another 1-to-2 inches of rain or more. This is in addition to the 10-plus inches received yesterday over many areas, including the western Florida panhandle.

Another round of showers and storms is expected to develop late Friday night into Saturday with some strong storms possible, according to the NWS.

Shoal River in Crestview is forecast to rise a foot above flood stage, which is 8 feet, by 7 p.m. tomorrow. The Blackwater River in Baker has already crested below flood stage. Big Coldwater Creek and the Yellow River are expected to remain below flood stage.

Yesterday’s rains came close to tying a rainfall record in Pensacola with 4.46 inches, just .32 inches short of the 1960 record.

Crestview Airport, which records the official rainfall for this area, recorded 3.9 inches yesterday.

Although only halfway through the month, September has received nearly twice the average amount of rain.

Overall, this year has been wetter than average with 68.68 inches of rain, 18.13 inches above the average for Pensacola.

Staff and NWS forecast

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