Category 2 Hurricane Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores (Alabama) on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of nearly 105 miles per hour (165 km / h) and a storm surge that is causing flooding in a strip of the north coast of the Gulf of mexico
| 09/16/2020 | ionicons-v5-c09: 01 | . |
Alabama, U.S.- Sally, which in recent days was almost stationary near the Louisiana coast, turned to the northeast and strengthened its winds overnight before impacting Alabama around 6 in the morning (10.00 GMT).
It is the first hurricane to touches land in that southern state since 2004 and the first reports from the area indicate that it was raining all night and the wind knocked down trees and knocked down cornices and other elements of the buildings, but no victims have been known for now.
The power outages began before the impact and, according to the PowerOutage.com portal, there are more than 217,000 customers in Florida, more than 275,000 in Alabama and about 9,700 in Mississippi affected.
Since before Sally made landfall, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). noted that « sudden and catastrophic flooding » was developing from west of Tallahasse, Florida’s capital, to Mobile Bay in Alabama.
In addition to the storm surge on the coast, it is possible that moderate to major overflows and floods may occur in the rivers in the area.
Sally it is now moving northeast at 3 miles per hour (6 km / h) and a slight drift to the northeast is expected at a slightly higher speed in the next few hours.
In the NHC trajectory pattern, the center of Sally will cross the southeast of Alabama and the extreme northwest of Florida still as a hurricane and on Thursday it will downgrade to a tropical storm over central Georgia to end as a depression on the coast of the Carolinas.
Hurricane force winds Sally extend 40 miles (65 km) from its center and tropical storm winds (weaker) up to 125 miles (205 km).
Winds of 74 miles per hour (119 km / h) with a gust of 92 miles per hour (148 km / h) were recorded at the Pensacola (Florida) Naval Air Station, according to the NHC.
Sally It will produce rains in a wide area of the southeastern US, with accumulations of a maximum of 35 inches (889 millimeters) in specific areas, and the storm surge can raise sea level up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) in some places.
Tornadoes can occur all day today in parts of northwest Florida, southern Florida, Alabama and southwestern Georgia, and in the Gulf of mexico there will be a hangover in a wide area.