Alabama and Florida Hit by Floods After Historic Gulf Coast Downpour

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By Alexander Smith

Historic rainfall along the Gulf Coast turned roads into canals and parking lots into lakes — and no letup was expected Monday.

Mobile, Alabama, saw its 10th wettest day since records began in 1871, according to Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth. The city was drenched by more than 7.5 inches of rain Sunday.

The deluge was still going strong early Monday, also soaking areas of the Florida Panhandle, while a separate system of heavy rain was hitting parts of Louisiana and Texas.

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In Mississippi, some residents were forced to leave their cars in the garage — instead taking to canoes — after the torrent left streets underwater. The Magnolia State saw most of its rain Sunday and the system had largely moved on by Monday morning.

"Seven inches in Mobile is very significant. And it looks like it will be another rainy day today," said Roth. "This is going to impact the morning commute, and late-year [vacationers] who have traveled to the area certainly won't be going to the beach."

Pictures posted on social media showed flooded streets and partially submerged cars in parts of Alabama and Florida. No injuries were reported as a result of the severe weather.

Mobile would likely remain soggy through Tuesday, according to Roth.

Becky Bratu contributed.