Hurricane Sally made landfall on Wednesday morning and is already giving Pensacola, Florida, 30 inches of rain. ‘Catastrophic floods’ are expected.
SALLY is now a Category 2 storm that threatens to immerse the Gulf Coast and southeast with heavy rains and historic flooding. This morning, hurricane winds started invading Pensacola, Florida, and forecasters said the amount of rain will bring “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding.”
The National Hurricane Centre said that, as well as the rain, they are expecting the hurricane to arrive at 4.45am with winds of 105 mph. Not only Florida will be affected as the storm is said to continue its path through southeastern Alabama early on Thursday. The National Hurricane Centre also said that “Hurricane-force winds extended out from the storm’s centre up to 40 miles and as Sally moves inland it will weaken.”
After the heavy rainfall both in Alabama and Florida, the Hurricane Centre said: “Historic and catastrophic flooding is unfolding,” and the continued: “In addition, this rainfall will lead to widespread moderate to major river flooding.”
- Sally is forecast to head inland Wednesday night across southeastern Alabama before reaching Georgia on Thursday and the Carolinas on Friday.
- Around 10 to 20 inches of rain could be dumped on parts of Alabama and Florida, with isolated pockets getting up to 35 inches.
- Sally is the eighth named storm to make landfall in the continental US this year – the most through Sept. 16 in recorded history.
- More than 400,000 homes and businesses are without power, according to the utility tracker poweroutage.us.