Man drowns off Pensacola Beach

June 13, 2012 in News, Statewide News

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. – (AP) Officials said a 23-year-old Mississippi man drowned and more than a dozen other swimmers were ordered out of rough surf off Florida’s Pensacola Beach amid heavy rain that caused widespread flooding over the weekend.

Authorities said the beach patrol arrived about two minutes after beachgoers dialed 911 Sunday afternoon. The Pensacola News Journal reported the man’s name has not been released.

The newspaper also reports the storms forced the evacuation of a 200-unit apartment complex in Pensacola. Many residents found severe flood damage when they returned Sunday afternoon. Officials say electric power could be restored at the complex Monday.

A tornado connected with the storm system also uprooted trees and destroyed chicken houses Sunday in southeastern Alabama, where an emergency official said no injuries were reported.