Alabama (WBAP/KLIF) – The center of Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama and Florida Panhandle early Wednesday morning but the storm is slamming other Gulf coast states with lots of rain and high winds. Damaging winds already have taken a toll in both states.
“Nothing is going to go away anytime soon,” according to National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham. “The winds, the torrential rainfall, the slow movement and the storm surge — this is a dangerous situation all around.”
With Sally’s crawling pace — generally 3 mph — some areas already have gotten 15 inches of rain and could collect up to 35 inches by storm’s end; weather watchers are calling Sally a “slow-moving disaster.“.
Sally crossed land near Gulf Shores, Alabama, around 4:45 a.m. CT with sustained winds of 105 mph and higher gusts.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio tells “Fox and Friends” his biggest concern with Sally is the flooding, as parts of Pensacola are underwater:
Some places in the path of the storm could see as much as 30 inches of rainfall.
— Rob Marciano (@RobMarciano) September 16, 2020
#HurricaneSally made landfall in Alabama. The category 2 storm hit with 105 mph winds and is expected to bring up to 30 inches of rain in parts of Alabama and Florida.
About 150,000 homes have lost power and officials warn of "catastrophic and life-threatening" floods. pic.twitter.com/XL8zD8G32c
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 16, 2020
#HurricaneSally made landfall as a Category-2 storm near Gulf Shores, Alabama around 5:45 am ET with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. @NHC_Atlantic warns of "catastrophic" and "life-threatening" flooding along portions of the north-central Gulf coast. https://t.co/oFjhusFKWx pic.twitter.com/4aQU3GGwlP
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) September 16, 2020
— Chris Bruin (@TWCChrisBruin) September 16, 2020