Hurricane Sally brings “devastation and life-threatening” flooding along Gulf Coast

Hurricane Sally is slowing down the Gulf Coast and with heavy amounts of rain – Florida storms and “catastrophic and life-threatening” flooding in parts of southern Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Sally’s gaze hit land near the Gulf Coast, Alabama early Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph. It intensified hours before hitting the coast.

At around midnight on Wednesday, the eye was west-northwest of Pensacola, Florida, with a wind around 70 mph.

The meteorological office said the storm is now blowing north-northeast at a speed of 5 mph, causing a gradual slowing down, which means that some places can get about three feet of rain and up to seven feet High storms can occur. Rain is already being measured in feet – not inches – and there is a chance of thunderstorms in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

The National Hurricane Center says, “On the forecast track, Sally’s center will move into the extreme western Florida panhandle and southeastern Alabama early Thursday, move through central Georgia on Thursday and thrive Thursday night in South Carolina.”

The storm is expected to weaken this afternoon and tonight as it moves into the inland region, before becoming a tropical depression by Thursday morning.

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Trent Airhart passes through floodwaters on September 16, 2020 in downtown Pensacola, Florida.

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