Published: Apr 30, 2014 12:21 PM EDT

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast are being hit with widespread flooding, the latest blow from a dayslong chain of severe weather across the South and Midwest.
    
People have been stranded in cars and homes waiting for rescuers to find a way around impassable roads and others abandoning vehicles to walk to safety.
    
Crews haven't been able to respond to some calls for help because of flooding in and around Pensacola. Officials say one woman died when she drove her car into high water.
    
About 22 inches of rain had fallen by midmorning in Pensacola, with 4 more expected today.
    
Over the past four days, storms hit especially hard in places such as Arkansas' northern Little Rock suburbs and the Mississippi cities of Louisville and Tupelo.

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