Story at a glance

  • A 10- to 12-foot alligator was seen swimming through flood waters outside a woman’s home in Gulf Shores, Ala.
  • “We have been surrounded by water, alligators, and poisonous snakes,” Tina Lambert Bennett wrote on Facebook.
  • Hurricane Sally is slamming the Gulf Coast with torrential rain after making landfall Wednesday.

Hurricane Sally on Wednesday made landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala., as a Category 2 storm, bringing high winds, life-threatening flooding and knocking power out for hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf Coast. 

But the slow-churning storm that dumped several feet of rain in some areas also left behind a few natural dangers. 


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In a video shared with local WKRG News 5, a 10- to 12-foot alligator is seen swimming through flood waters outside a home on Plash Island in Gulf Shores. 

Tina Lambert Bennett captured video of the gator wading through the water outside her home Wednesday after Sally made landfall. 

“Oh my god, this is outside of our window!” Bennett said in the video posted to Twitter. “It is a 10 or 12-foot alligator!” 

“We have been surrounded by water, alligators, and poisonous snakes,” Bennett wrote on Facebook. 

WKRG-TV meteorologist Thomas Geboy shared the video and urged residents to continue to shelter in place until flood waters recede.

“Another reason to SHELTER IN PLACE until flood waters recede,” Geboy tweeted. “Not only are there downed power lines, but there’s also displaced wildlife.” 

In addition to the alligator, video of an eel swimming on the side of a highway in Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday was shared by WVTM-TV.

“Just a typical Wednesday in 2020,” WVTM-TV reporter Brittany Decker tweeted. 

The National Hurricane Center warned Wednesday the storm would bring catastrophic and life-threatening flooding in southeastern Alabama and the western part of the Florida Panhandle. The Pensacola, Fla., area has already seen more than 2 feet of rainfall and meteorologists said that up to 35 inches of rain could fall in coastal areas. 

In Escambia County, Florida’s westernmost county, at least 377 people have been rescued from flooding and thousands are expected to have to leave the area as flooding continues in the days ahead. At least eight bodies of water are expected to be flooded in southern Alabama by Thursday. 

The mayor of Orange Beach, Ala., said on Wednesday that at least one resident of the coastal town died due to the hurricane.


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Published on Sep 17, 2020