PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – newly strengthened Hurricane Sally In early Wednesday, the Panhandle of Florida and the state of southern Alabama were hit by rain, storm waves covering the beach, strong winds and power outages.
By early Wednesday, about 150,000 homes and businesses had lost electricity, according to the poweroutage.us website. Due to life-threatening conditions in the seaside town of Alabama on the shores of the Persian Gulf, curfew was announced. In Panhandle Escambia County, Deputy Chief Sheriff Chip Simmons has promised that MPs will be with the residents for as long as possible. The county is home to Pensacola, one of the largest coastal cities in the Persian Gulf.
“The sheriff’s office will run until we can no longer be there safely, and then and only then will we attract our deputies,” Simmons said at Tuesday’s storm briefing.
It’s because of a storm that turned to New Orleans over the weekend. “Obviously, this shows what we’ve known for a long time with storms – they’re unpredictable,” Pennsacola Mayor Grover Robinson IV said.
As he approached land, Sally quickly strengthened, taking off quickly in a Category 2 storm, taking in 100 miles per hour (160 km / h) of wind. It was 65 miles south-southeast of Mobile, Alabama, and was moving north-northeast at a speed of 2 miles per hour (4 km / h). The north shore of the bay awaited the bay in early Wednesday. A forecast map from the National Hurricane Center showed a possible landing between Alabama Mobile Bay and Panhandle.
Sally was a rare storm that could become history, said Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center.
“Sally has a trait that isn’t often seen, and it’s a slow ride, and that will make the floods worse,” Rappaport told The Associated Press.
He compared the slow progression of the storm with Hurricane Harvey, which flooded Houston in 2017, could rain up to 30 inches (76 centimeters) in some places, and “it would be a record in some places,” Rappaport said in an interview on Tuesday night.
Although the hurricane focused on the coasts of Alabama and Florida on Wednesday, its effects were felt throughout the northern Gulf Coast. Low properties in southeast Louisiana were swollen by a wave. The water covered the beaches of Mississippi and parts of the highway running parallel to them. Two large casino ships were vacated from a marina where construction work was underway in Alabama.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has urged the people of his southern state to prepare for the possibility of a sudden flood.
Sally is forecast to bring heavy rain to parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Carolina later this week on the coast after the rain.
Sally’s power was invincible to some.
With heavy rain sweeping Navara Beach (Fla.) And windsurfing, a strong stream of people walked on a wooden board near the park to look at the scene on Tuesday afternoon.
Rebecca Studstill, who lives on land, has been cautious for too long, noting that police close bridges when wind and water get too high. Hurricane Sally is expected to stay in the rain for a few days, and the problem could be worse than usual, she said.
“Just plugging down would probably be the best thing for people here,” she said.
Wang reported from Mobile, Alabama and Martin, from Mareta, Georgia. Associated Press journalists Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia; Sofia Tulp in Atlanta; Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg, Florida; Rebecca Santana in New Orleans; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Mississippi and Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama, contributed to this report.
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