Hurricane Sally Live Updates, Tracking Hurricane Sally, Stalled Over the Gulf & Live Radar Stream of Hurricane Sally & Hurricane Sally Video Live! Hurricane Sally made landfall near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph winds and rain measured in feet, not inches.
“Catastrophic and Life-Threatening Flooding Occurring Over Portions of the Florida Panhandle and Southern Alabama,” tweeted the National Hurricane Center.
After two days spent spinning less than 150 miles off the coast of Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi, Sally finally made its move to come ashore Wednesday morning, unleashing up to 30 inches of rain, 100 mph wind gusts, and a six-foot storm surge.
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As Sally made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane near Gulf Shores, Ala., at 5:45 a.m., fierce winds cut power to more than 500,000 customers in Alabama and Florida. Its surge inundated Pensacola in nearly six feet of water, the third-highest level on record.
The National Hurricane Center warned that “historic and catastrophic flooding, including widespread moderate to major river flooding” was continuing to unfold.
As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sally had weakened to a tropical storm with 60 mph winds, but the flooding threat continued as heavy rain expanded into Georgia and was expected to reach the Carolinas on Thursday.
While in the Gulf of Mexico, Sally picked up tremendous amounts of moisture from the warm waters, which it is wringing out as heavy rainfall over the Southeast.
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The storm deviated from forecasts calling for it to stay at the same level of intensity and instead rapidly intensified shortly before landfall, going from an 80 mph Category 1 storm to a 105 mph Category 2 storm between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday.
Areas in coastal Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle were the hardest hit. By Wednesday evening, the worst weather had departed these areas, but flooding rain had spread inland over eastern Alabama and southwest Georgia.