In Gulf Shores, Alabama, where Sally made landfall on Wednesday morning as a Category 2 hurricane in Gulf Shores, Alabama, about 30 miles west of Pensacola. The 105-mph winds toppled trees and telephone poles and tore the roofs off some homes. The slow-moving soaker pounded some areas of Florida and Alabama with 2 feet of rain or more. Thirty inches fell in isolated areas of Florida. In Alabama, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said one person had died and another was missing.
Sally weakened to a tropical depression on Wednesday but was cutting a swath through the Southeast on Thursday, putting 20 million people from Georgia through southeastern Virginia under flash flood alerts and six million at the risk of severe storms.
Sally, which slammed Florida and Alabama as a powerful Category 2 hurricane, left heavy flooding, destroyed buildings, 500,000 homes and businesses without power. “It looks like a war zone to me,” one Florida resident told NBC’s “TODAY” on Thursday.
Parts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia could see a foot of rain before the storm’s remnants slide into the Atlantic. the weather service said. Flooding is possible as far north as Virginia through Friday. And, days after the storm has passed, swollen rivers could push eight waterways in Florida and Alabama to record-high levels, authorities warned.
More than 220,000 Florida power customers remained in the dark Thursday. Almost 300,000 power customers in Alabama, more than 50,000 in Louisiana and 40,000 in Georgia were also dark.
This storm is still an ongoing event and will be updated as necessary.