PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally threatened Thursday to exacerbate hardships for some residents of northeast Florida and southern Alabama, and debris from the storm was expected to discharge. up to 30 centimeters (1 foot) of water and will carry the risk of flooding to Georgia and the carolinas.

Residents on the coast, meanwhile, were seeing how to begin recovery after a storm that turned streets into rivers, ripped off roofs, cut off power to hundreds of thousands and killed at least one person.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned residents and visitors in flooded areas to remain vigilant as the hurricane’s water receded, as downpours further north were expected to cause overflows in rivers in the northeastern part of the state. in the coming days.

« So this is like the opening salvo, but there is going to be more to deal with, » DeSantis said Wednesday at a news conference in Tallahassee.

At least one person died due to the hurricane. Orange Beach, Alabama Mayor Tonny Kennon told The Associated Press that one person from the popular resort resort had died and another was missing. He could not publish more details yet, he noted.

Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a powerful hurricane with winds of 165 km / h (105 mph). It moved slowly, compounding the effect of the showers. More than 2 feet (61 centimeters) fell at Naval Airfield Pensacola and the water reached nearly 3 feet (1 meter) on the streets of downtown Pensacola, according to the National Weather Service.

Some Pensacola streets looked like rivers. The water flooded parked cars before pulling out.

A replica of the caravel La Niña, which was part of Christopher Columbus’s first expedition to America, had disappeared from its mooring point at the Pensacola pier, according to police. The ship was later seen stranded in the center of town, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

The system downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday night and gained some speed. By Thursday morning it was producing torrential rains in the state of Alabama and western and central Georgia. Forecasters warned of the risk of tornadoes Thursday in south Georgia and north Florida.

More than 22,000 homes and businesses in Georgia were without power at dawn, according to the site The media reported trees downed in Georgia in the wake of the storm’s debris. In Clayton County, firefighters asked people to avoid areas where power lines had been downed.

The meteor was moving through southeastern Alabama, crossing central Georgia on Thursday and arriving in South Carolina on Thursday night, according to the National Hurricane Center. Flash floods and overflows were possible in those states.

More than half a million businesses and homes were without power in Alabama and Florida, according to the website Many faced delays before recovering service. « We do not want to hide this: it will go long, » said a power company on social media.

Like the wildfires on the country’s West Coast, the succession of hurricanes on the Atlantic coast has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say causes slower storms, which leave more rain, and are stronger and more destructive.

The hurricane center was monitoring two other Atlantic storms. Hurricane Teddy, which reached Category 2 on Thursday morning, could become a major hurricane Thursday night or Friday and pass over Bermuda on Monday, experts say.

On the other hand, Tropical Storm Vicky was expected to dissipate in the Atlantic in the next few days.


Wang reported from Mobile, Alabama, and Martin from Marietta, Georgia. Associated Press journalists Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia; Sudhin Thanawala and Haleluya Hadero in Atlanta; Bobby Caina Calvan and Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Florida; David Fischer in Miami; Rebecca Santana and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans; and Julie Walker in New York.