A deadly gas explosion occurred at the Escambia County Central Booking Facility in Pensacola, Florida, late Wednesday night, following severe flooding across the area.
More than 100 people were injured and two inmates were killed by the explosion, according to the Associated Press.
Damage to the Escambia County Jail is seen after an explosion in the facility Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
The explosion resulted in a partial building collapse, Escambia County said on its website.
The incident occurred in the wake of major flooding in the Pensacola area. The city picked up 15.55 inches of rain on Tuesday, the all-time wettest day on record there.
County spokeswoman Kathleen Castro told the Associated Press that the jail was flooded during the heavy rains but didn't know whether that was a factor in the explosion.
"They received a lot of rain and it doesn't go away that quickly because of the relatively flat topography of the land," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.
In the last few days alone, the area has received nearly 25 inches of rain, causing massive flooding in Pensacola and the surrounding area.
The immense amounts of water in the region may halt cleanup efforts, as more showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area Thursday.
However, by the weekend, the city should dry out and that could aid cleanup from the explosion and the recent storm system.
With cleanup efforts underway, injured prisoners are being transported to local area hospitals. Uninjured inmates are being moved to other detention facilities in Escambia County and neighboring Santa Rosa County, the county said.
The Escambia County commissioners operate three correctional facilities: the Main Jail, the Central Booking & Detention Facility and the Video Visitation Facility.
Matthew will become a hurricane in the Caribbean by this weekend and may approach the U.S. during next week.
It will feel like an extended winter for those living from the northern Plains to the eastern U.S., as cold and snowy conditions last longer than normal.
Persistent downpours will raise the flood risk in part of the mid-Atlantic into Friday, while rain will spread over the balance of the northeastern United States into the weekend.
The final day of September will bring a rare lunar event that hasn’t occurred since March of 2014, a Black Moon.
The holiday weekend will start on an unsettled note, but the weather should improve by Day of German Unity celebrations on Monday.
Improving weather over the next several days will aid officials in battling wildfires across California.
Violent thunderstorms along a cold front. 2-4 inches of rain and 60-mph winds in places. Lawrence, KS, had golf ball-sized hail and winds to 80 mph.
Orange Park, FL (1991)
A total of 8.00 inches of rain at Argyle, FL near Orange Park. Orange Park had 5 inches.
Green Mts., VT (1991)
Snow flurries briefly whitened the ground and automobiles.