One woman dead in Panhandle flooding

Pensacola, Florida -- Deadly lightning signaled the arrival of destruction. A severe line of storms pounded the Florida Panhandle, killing one woman.

Flooding was the real demon. When it was over, the aftermath was jaw dropping. Piedmont Street was washed away, reduced to crumbling asphalt.

The famous coastal scenic highway was pulverized, a huge chunk washed away. Crushed vehicles now lay in the basin. Residents couldn't believe the storm's severity.

"I've lived here 20 years. I've never seen anything like this," said one homeowner.

"Scary ... I've never been through anything like this," said another.

Governor Rick Scott traveled to the Panhandle to see the damage himself, and then declared a state of emergency in 26 counties. The conditions are bad outside, but for some residents, it's even worse inside. Indra Paradees is exhausted.

"Oh, my gosh, I don't know where to start," she said. "Water seeped in so fast ... Now there's a thick layer of muck on everything."

Adding insult to injury, she has no flood insurance.

Her once pristine home and yard are history. Much like her neighbors' properties.


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