Submitted by ub on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 08:26

On this first day of May, folks in Pensacola, Florida are n ow feeling flooding foes after the area recorded its single rainiest day ever.

Almost 2 feet of rain fall in the past 24 hours caught hundreds off guard. Some people had to swim to get help.

A huge storm system that violently swept across Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Arkansas evolved into widespread flooding in the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast. That death toll from these storms have grown to 36 so far.

Meanwhile, a gas explosion at a local prison facility has killed a couple of inmates and injured more than 100 people, including some corrections officers.

However, it's not yet clear whether, or not this explosion had something to do with the record breaking flooding that deluged the region.