TODAY   |  April 30, 2014

Heavy rains strand hundreds of Florida drivers

Historic floods have hit the Florida Panhandle, dumping nearly two feet of rain in some areas. There have been at least two deaths, and a state of emergency has been declared. Al Roker reports.

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>>> another day, another story right up your alley. more severe weather to talk about.

>> we've pivoted from the severe weather , because that's still an issue, to the flooding. there is massive flooding going on right now in the florida panhandle , from the alabama- florida border all the way to just outside pensacola , massive flooding. we've got video from i-10 in florida , where there are literally hundreds of cars stranded on i-10 right now. vivid liegghtning. upwards of 5,000 lightning strikes per hour. folks are stranded there. there are reports of rushing water across i-10 with no relief in sight. they will not be able to get out any time soon. wilson, north carolina , there have been really strong rescues going on right now because people have been trapped in trees and homes. the same thing going on in pensacola . you can see right now, look at this, standing water , big problems. wilson, north carolina , they have been dealing with this. folks have been rescued from trees, from their homes. there are also high water rescues going on in homes right now in the panhandle of florida . look at some of these rainfall totals. pensacola , 15 inches, 14 inches of rain. panama city , they've got heavy rain going on right now, upwards of five inches of rain, and it's going to continue. you can see the wide view of the satellite and the radar, heavy rain will be getting itself together. this is a slow-moving system. so during the day today, it pushes slowly to the east and to the north, and so the heavy rain will continue to fire up, load up, and bring the possibility of flooding from new england all the way down to the panhandle of florida . in fact, you can see flash flood warnings, flash flood watches, and we're going to see that continuing up the coast anywhere from three to five inches of rain. we