Foot of rain swamps parts of Gulf Coast
'Roads and areas flooded that I've never seen flooded before,' says one rescuer ..
Flash flood emergencies have been declared for parts of the Gulf Coast region as thunderstorms with extremely heavy rainfall have dumped up to 18 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.
In addition, Gulf Coast beaches away from the worst flooding are bracing for the risk of dangerous rip currents throughout the weekend.
The first flash flood emergency was declared by the National Weather Service for southern Mobile County, Ala., late Saturday morning.
Radar estimates indicate 12 to 18 inches of rain have fallen near Tillmans Corner, just southwest of Mobile. Reports indicate several water rescues have taken place in this area since late Saturday morning.
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Wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico forcing evacuations, destroying structures
Firefighters in Colorado and New Mexico are battling wildfires that are moving fast through parched forests, forcing scores of evacuations and destroying or damaging numerous structures.
A blaze in northern Colorado was first reported Saturday morning and had grown to about 8,000 acres by mid-evening, while a fire in southern New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest was considered minor until expanding Friday and Saturday to 10,000 acres.
Both fires have damaged property and forced numerous evacuations, but officials haven't yet released specific figures on the numbers who fled.
Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Schulz said the fire expanded rapidly during the late afternoon and evening and by Saturday night, residents living along several roads in the region had been ordered to evacuate and many more were warned that they might have to flee. An evacuation center has been set up at a Laporte middle school
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