Sally gets ashore, bringing powerful winds and rain.
Hurricane Sally gathered strength on foot through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico overnight, and just 5 hours ago. Wednesday Wednesday, before Wednesday 5 p.m. On Wednesday, ascended ashore as a Category 2 hurricane.
Sally’s relentless pace and howling road, moving at just 2 miles per hour as it intensified into a storm with a steady wind of 105 miles per hour, increased the risk of catastrophic flooding.
According to the National Hurricane Center, as much as 30 inches of rain could fall in an area that stretches from the Florida Panhandle to the Mississippi. This could cause a four- or six-foot storm surge around Dauphin Island on the Alabama coast. Weather forecasters have also warned of life-threatening flash floods.
More than 150,000 people lost power overnight, and local officials warned residents that the floods were likely to intensify throughout the day.
“It’s a life-threatening situation. LOOK FOR HIGHER NOW !! “, – National Weather Service Mobile, Ala. warned on twitter.
Late Tuesday, residents and local news outlets on the shores of Mobile and the Persian Gulf, Ala., Posted videos of strong winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall. Videos from Pensacola Beach (Fla.) Showed a storm surge pushing seawater into residential streets and parks. According to the National Air Service, the casino barge was released and hit the pier due to strong winds and storm waves near Codeno, Ala.
In recent days, the estimated storm coastline has shifted nearly 200 miles. He was once expected to rake through remote, low-lying areas of southeastern Louisiana and possibly reach the New Orleans metropolitan area, but recent forecasts suggest Sally cut off a corner of southeastern Mississippi as he landed in the Alabama and Florida Panhandle. .
John De Block, a meteorologist at the National Meteorological Service in Birmingham, Ala., Said the storm was drifting “at the speed of a child in a candy store” as if it meandered through aisles and hated its choice.
“I am well aware that people on the Gulf Coast are too familiar with Mother Nature’s wrath,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said on Tuesday. “We still hope and pray that Sally doesn’t cause this type of pain and heartache, but my fellow Alabama, Hurricane Sally is not a matter of course.”
The hurricane warning continued to operate in an area stretching from St. Louis Bay, Miss., Near the Louisiana border, to Navarre, near the top of the Florida Panhandle.
The tropical storm warning covered the area west of the Pearl River to Grand Isle, La., Including metropolitan New Orleans, and east of Navarre to Indian Pass, Fla.
Officials urged people to take advantage of the slow pace of the storm and turn away from the damage. The rest were warned that the waters could climb high.
“I have seen streets and neighborhoods fill five, six, seven and more water quickly in a short time,” Mobile County Sheriff Sam Cochran said during a brief briefing on Tuesday.
To those who are left behind, he added, it may take “a few days or more before we can get you out.”
At the 318-year-old Mobile Port in Ala, where hurricanes have always been a fact of life, air power is highly respected. This was proved on Tuesday in the almost empty streets of the city, when night came and the city waited for the slow-moving hurricane Sally to hit the shore.
Bars and restaurants with signs of a coronavirus crisis (“declared hands-free”) were welcomed outside the new crisis from the south. Strong winds enlivened the hands of old oaks. The traffic lights on the wires tossed and shook.
In Bienville Square, a 19th-century fountain in honor of Dr. George Ketchum, who helped bring reliable drinking water to the city, erupted with just about anyone.
Around the last day, some longtime cell phone residents said Hurricane Sally reminded them of dangerous and persistent delays in Hurricane Danny in 1997, which also moved at a creepy pace, pouring hours of rain, causing mudslides and catastrophic rivers. floods. In South Alabama.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson has urged people in low-lying areas who are known to be prone to flooding to rise to higher ground.
“The prayers we give you, the warnings we give you are serious,” he said at a news conference on Tuesday. – They are talking about unprecedented rainfall.
Still recovering from Hurricane Laura and now recovering from Hurricane Sally, residents along the Gulf Coast and East Coast have been hotly watching reports of other major Atlantic storms.
On Monday, before that Tropical depression Rene melted, There were five named storms in the Atlantic that have not occurred since 1971, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Three are still active.
Hurricane Paulette packed 100 miles per hour winds about 450 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada, and threatened dangerous surfing and tore current conditions into Bermuda, the Bahamas and parts of the Atlantic coast.
Tropical storm teddy bear was intensifying about 865 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, and was predicted to be almost “the greatest hurricane strength” as the weekend approached Bermuda.
Contributed to the creation of the reports Johnny Diaz, Richard Fausset, Rick Rojas, Marcas Santora, Daniel Viktoras and Willas Wrightas.