TALLAHASSEE- Governor Rick Scott is calling a State of Emergency for 26 counties because of severe flooding.
The National Guard is headed to parts of North Florida and the Panhandle to help rescue efforts. There are reports that at least one person has died. An Escambia County spokesman says some people have climbed onto their roofs because of rising waters, and rescue crews are having trouble getting to them.
The National Weather Service says 15 to 20 inches of rain has fallen in just the past 24 hours.
Now, Governor Scott is on his way to Pensacola to meet with local leaders, and assess the damage.
FWC is also deploying 31 vehicles and 13 boats to assist in rescue efforts.
According to Gulf Electric, more than 28,000 families are out of power. So far, 80 people are taking cover in three shelters in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.