Hurricane Sally Makes Landfall Near Alabama-Florida Border as Category 2

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Hurricane Sally strengthened to a damaging Category 2, making landfall at the border of the Alabama-Florida Panhandle, crawling at 3 mph, the storm could cause life-threatening flooding for miles; plus, today’s forecast.

Life-threatening flood risk from Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally made landfall as a Category 2 storm at the Alabama-Florida Panhandle border, close to Gulf Shores, Alabama, around 4:45 AM CT on Wednesday, delivering sustained winds of 105 mph with higher gusts.

NWS declares flash flood emergency

The National Weather Service (NWS) declared a flash flood emergency and warned the storm was a “severe threat to human life & catastrophic damage from a flash flood.”

The NWS warned via a tweet “This is a LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!”

Due to the very slow pace of Hurricane Sally, which is averaging 3 mph, the storm is forecast to hang over areas for a lengthy period of time which will result in sustained, heavy rain.

According to reports by CNN, some areas had already received 15 inches of rain as of early Wednesday, and could accumulate up to 35 inches by the time the storm moves on.

Some roadways may be impassable

The NWS is warning people in Alabama and Florida to “hunker down” and that “nothing is going to go away anytime soon.”

According to authorities, many roadways are already impassable and they are urging drivers to stay off the roads, CNN reported.

Police in both states our reporting that the fierce winds have created such widespread damage already that the amount of hazardous debris has “become too numerous to list.”

Forecast track for Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally is forecast to weaken to a Category 1 later on Wednesday as the storm passes across the Florida Panhandle. Sally is expected to move into southern Alabama before noon on Wednesday, and southeast of Montgomery by Wednesday at 11 PM ET.

By early Thursday, the storm will cross over the Georgia line near Columbus and is anticipated to be to the southwest of Macon by 11 AM ET.

Today’s weather forecast: September 16, 2020

West: San Francisco 72, partly cloudy; Los Angeles 92, sunny; Reno 89, mostly sunny; Las Vegas 104, sunny; Salt Lake City 91, sunny; Denver 81, sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 76, partly cloudy; Medford 80, mostly sunny; Boise 84, sunny; Cut Bank 7, partly cloudy; Billings 73, sunny; Minot 61, partly cloudy; Rapid City 72, sunny.

Southwest: Phoenix 108, sunny; Albuquerque 87, mostly sunny; El Paso 89, mostly sunny; San Antonio 92, partly cloudy; Brownsville 90, thunderstorms.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 88, mostly sunny; Dallas 90, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 84, partly cloudy; Kansas City 84, partly cloudy; Minneapolis 69, mostly sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 83, mostly sunny; St. Louis 84, partly cloudy; Detroit 80, sunny; Cincinnati 80, partly cloudy.

South: Houston 94, mostly sunny; New Orleans 87, mostly cloudy; Memphis 88, mostly sunny; Atlanta 69, rain; Charlotte 80, mostly cloudy; Jacksonville 86, thunderstorms; Tampa 87, thunderstorms; Miami 87, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 79, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 76, partly cloudy; Buffalo 74, sunny; New York City 76, mostly sunny; Boston 75, sunny; Caribou 70, cloudy.