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Hurricane Sally is bringing winds of 105 mph and the risk of historic flooding to southeastern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle, after making landfall as a Category 2 storm Wednesday morning. Some isolated areas can see up to 3 feet of rain in their path.
“This will be a long-term event.” National Weather Service Bureau In Mobile Alaa. “People along the coast need to continue to take shelter and shelter this morning.”
To this, the most liked response came from a reader who said, “It could speed it up” – a sentiment shared by many along the Gulf Coast, who watched Sally creep in slowly, leading to torrential rain long before her arrival.
The National Hurricane Center said Ein Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala. West Florida border, around 5:45 a.m. ET. The agency says the storm, which is crawling at just 3 miles per hour, will bring “catastrophic and life-threatening floods” to parts of the central northern Gulf coast.
The cyclone had already inundated and inundated parts of the Gulf Coast, as it slowly meandered along and hesitant, Going first northwest, then north, and now north-northeast. Now, at last, it brings the full force of its winds and rain to coastal regions like Pensacola – parts of which are experiencing high winds and floods.
Rain can quickly overwhelm the drainage infrastructure: Sally is expected to drop 8 to 12 inches during the afternoon, storm totals of 10 to 20 inches and isolated volumes of 35 inches. The hurricane center says the huge amount of water will lead to “moderate to large flooding of rivers”.
While the rain and storms caused by the hurricane are expected to pose the most serious threat to people and property, Sally’s winds intensified in the last 12 hours before landing, from 80 mph at 7 pm on Tuesday to 105 mph on land.
As of 6 a.m. EDT, Dauphin Island, Alaska, reported sustained winds of 81 mph and gusts of up to 99 mph. In Florida, the Pensacola Naval Air Station reported winds of 61 mph, with gusts of up to 86 mph.
Sally extends hurricane-force winds outdoors up to 40 miles from its epicenter, and tropical storm winds of 125 miles out.
Hurricane storms can bring 4 to 7 feet of water in the most affected areas. A storm warning applies from Fort Morgan Ala. , To the Walton / Bay County Line of Florida.
The storm can also be triggered by hurricanes as it makes its way through the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama, and southwest Georgia.