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  • The National Hurricane Center warned “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding is likely in southeastern Alabama and the western part of the Florida Panhandle.
  • More than 2 feet of rain fell over Pensacola, Fla., and forecasters don’t expect it to let up anytime soon.
  • Meteorologists said that more than 30 inches of rain could fall in coastal communities, while around 10 to 20 inches could be dumped on other areas of Alabama and Florida.

Hurricane Sally made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Gulf Shores, Ala., early Wednesday morning and is now pummeling the north-central Gulf Coast with torrential rain and flooding. 

The slow-moving hurricane made landfall just before 5 a.m. Central time with maximum sustained winds of more than 105 mph. The hurricane weakened to a Category 1 storm after making landfall and is crawling northeast at 3 mph. 


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The National Hurricane Center warned “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding is likely in southeastern Alabama and the western part of the Florida Panhandle as more than 2 feet of rain has already been recorded in Pensacola, Fla., and forecasters expect it not to let up anytime soon. 

Meteorologists said that more than 30 inches of rain could fall in coastal communities, while around 10 to 20 inches could be dumped on other areas of Alabama and Florida. 

Storm surge flooding has inundated areas where the storm’s center crossed the coast, from Orange Beach, Ala., to the western Florida Panhandle. A storm surge of more than 5 feet has been recorded so far this morning in Pensacola. 

“PLEASE CONTINUE TO HUNKER DOWN, GULF COAST,” the National Weather Service in Mobile, Ala., tweeted just after 6:30 a.m. “THIS IS NOT OVER!! PLEASE STAY SAFE.” 

More than 277,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and more than 223,000 in Florida were without power as of Wednesday morning, according to PowerOutage.US

Sally is forecast to head inland Wednesday night across southeastern Alabama before making its way to Georgia on Thursday and the Carolinas on Friday. 

The hurricane is the eighth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. this year. 


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Published on Sep 16, 2020