Right now, the NHC reports Sally's maximum sustained winds are at 65 mph, and the storm is expected to strengthen and slow down. The storm is expected to slow down and turn northwest overnight.

A newly strengthened Hurricane Sally pummeled the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama with sideways rain, beach-covering storm surges, strong winds and power outages early Wednesday, moving toward shore at an agonizingly slow pace that promised a drawn out drenching and possible record floods. Gov.

Sally has weakened since making landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Wednesday morning but its devastating toll was visible across Southern states by nightfall. "The wind is crazy. "I can't believe it got so bad. Sally is the fourth hurricane to make landfall in the US this year -- the most by this point in a year since 2004. High storm surge and hurricane-force wind gusts are also forecast. Gas station attendants in Pass Christian, Mississippi, wrap pumps in plastic as Sally approached the coast on Monday, September 14. It was situated more than 800 miles (1,300 km) east of the Lesser Antilles. Forecasters said it was likely to become a major hurricane, reaching Category 4 strength on Thursday. The center of Sally will move over the northwest Gulf of Mexico today, heading west-northwest at about 6 mph. It also is the eighth named storm to make landfall in the US, the most by September 16 on record. "We got a few people that we just haven't been able to get to because the water is so high," Kennon said. As Sally's outer bands reached the Gulf Coast, Tom Parker, manager of an alligator ranch in Moss Point, Mississippi, hoped he wouldn't see a repeat of what happened at the gator farm in 2005, when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures during Hurricane Katrina's storm surge. Gov. Sally is forecast to continue tracking northeastward through Alabama Wednesday night. “If you saw a tremendous amount of flooding in July of 2019 — we may see something to that effect or less," he said. A shopper looks for bread in a partly empty shelf as people prepare before the possible arrival of Hurricane Sally on September 15, 2020 in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Cantrell reminded people to make sure their local catch basins are clear of debris and asked that they call 311 to report any problematic trees. The power failed early in the morning, making it too stuffy to sleep. All school buildings and the district’s central office will be closed. Hurricane Sally causes widespread flooding. The 61st Troop Command of the Louisiana National Guard is in New Orleans and coordinating with the city, the Coast Guard and the Army Corp of Engineers, Cantrell said. Low-lying properties in southeastern Louisiana were swamped by the surge. urged residents of Southeast Louisiana to make storm preparations, Tropical Storm Sally Could Strike Louisiana As A Hurricane, NOLA-PS Cancels Classes, Closes Buildings Tuesday Due To Hurricane Sally, Hurricane Watch Issued For New Orleans As Tropical Storm Sally Slows And Strengthens, according to the National Weather Service.

Central Alabama and central Georgia could eventually see 4 to 12 inches of rain, with significant flash flooding possible. All Rights Reserved. "Sally has a characteristic that isn't often seen and that's a slow forward speed, and that's going to exacerbate the flooding," said Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the hurricane center. A man walks though a flooded parking lot as the outer bands of Hurricane Sally come ashore on September 15, 2020 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Hurricane Sally Grows To Category 2 Storm A newly strengthened Hurricane Sally pummeled the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama with sideways rain, beach-covering storm surges, strong winds and power outages early Wednesday, moving toward shore at an agonizingly slow pace that promised a drawn out drenching and possible record floods. In Orange Beach, Alabama, winds blew out walls in one corner of a condominium building, exposing the interiors of condos on at least five floors, video posted online showed. Some areas already have collected more than 24 inches of rain and could receive up to 35 inches by storm's end. RTA service will be suspended at noon and trash pickup is canceled for tomorrow. A curfew was imposed in Gulf Shores hours before the storm's arrival. It was the second hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast in less than three weeks and the latest blow in one of the busiest hurricane seasons ever recorded, so frenetic that forecasters have nearly run through the alphabet of storm names with 2 1/2 months still to go. Additional strengthening is forecast tonight and early Tuesday and Sally is expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it moves onshore along the north-central Gulf Coast, NHC warns. We want to hear from you. Rainfall totals of 10 to 35 inches are possible from Mobile Bay to Tallahassee, Florida, forecasters say. Baker said crews are working to catch the barge that caused damage before it hits something else. The system is moving WNW at 9 km/h (6 mph).

Hurst Butts looks out from his business in Pensacola on September 16. In Orange Beach, Alabama, water flowed at least a foot deep along the exterior walls of tourist shops.

Flash floods pushed water into homes in Alabama and Florida, and officials in Pensacola and surrounding Escambia County, with a combined population of about 320,000, urged residents to stick to text messages for contacting family and friends to keep cellphone service open for 911 calls.

People walk through a flooded street in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on September 17. In Escambia County, which includes Pensacola, at least 377 people have been rescued from flooded neighborhoods, Jason Rogers, the county's public safety director, told reporters in a news briefing. "Looks like a war zone," Doris Stiers told CNN. President Donald Trump has signed an emergency declaration for 30 parishes in Louisiana, as requested by the state. Mandatory evacuation has already occurred in those areas. As of 10 a.m. Monday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has expanded its hurricane warning area to the Alabama-Florida border.

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