Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, Wednesday morning, bringing with it Category 2-strength winds and life-threatening storm surge. The National Hurricane Center reports that the slow-moving storm made landfall at 5:45 a.m. ET with maximum sustained wind speeds of 105 mph.
In an update published less than an hour before landfall, the NHC warned that “significant flash and urban flooding” was likely into inland Alabama and central Georgia. The storm is currently projected to slowly move eastward, carving through Alabama and central Georgia before reaching South Carolina by Friday afternoon.
The Weather Channel reports:
A wind gust to 86 mph was measured this morning in Pensacola, Florida. Gulf Shores, Alabama, has seen wind gusts as high as 93 mph.
Nearly 300,000 homes and businesses have lost power in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, according to poweroutage.us. Storm surge flooding is ongoing near and east of where Sally’s center is crossing the coast. A storm surge of over 5 feet has been recorded so far this morning near Pensacola, Florida.
Significant flash flooding with flooded roads and homes has also occurred in numerous spots from southeast Alabama into the western Florida Panhandle. One location in Pensacola, Florida, has measured over 15 inches of rainfall so far.
#Sally has made landfall near Gulf Shores Alabama at 445 AM CDT as a category 2 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds were 105 mph with a minimum central pressure of 965 mb. More: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/zdyilBhdic
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 16, 2020
Breaking News: Hurricane Sally landed near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds over 105 m.p.h. “Catastrophic” flooding is expected. https://t.co/yRqpN1EuQt
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 16, 2020
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) September 16, 2020
Sally’s landfall comes with storm surge, hurricane-force winds and EXTREMELY heavy rainfall. Gulf Shores and Pensacola may get 20-30″ of rainfall when this is all said and done. https://t.co/JDCE2pVTuQ #tnwx #WBBJ pic.twitter.com/7tdeI0jGXS
— Tom Meiners (@WBBJ7TomMeiners) September 16, 2020