Hurricane Sally Makes Landfall As A Category-2 Storm In US

Flash flood warnings stretched across parts of the state of Alabama, including a flash flood emergency for parts of Coffee and Dale counties.

Jessica David

September 17, 2020

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Hurricane Sally continued to pour flooding rain on Wednesday (September 16) as it weakened to a tropical depression and tracked across south Alabama. Flash flood warnings were stretched across parts of the state as of Wednesday night, including a flash flood emergency for parts of Coffee and Dale counties. Flooding was also severe in Pike County, with emergency managers declaring all roads and bridges impassable until further notice. Hurricane Sally has weakened considerably since making landfall at 4:45 a.m. near Gulf Shores with winds of 105 mph (Category 2) and a central pressure of 965 mb (28.20 inches).

Sally has weakened to a depression with 35 mph winds as of 10 p.m. It is the first hurricane to make landfall in Alabama since Hurrican Ivan. A Category-3, Ivan made landfall just west of Gulf Shores on this very same day in 2004. Sally strengthened to a Category-2 hurricane overnight and lashed parts of the Gulf Coast and inland Alabama with wind and intense rain for hours on Wednesday. Baldwin County got some of Sally’s worst, and local officials issued an emergency message just before noon on Wednesday.

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