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Hurricane Sally unleashes flooding along the Gulf Coast

JAY REEVES, ANGIE WANG and JEFF MARTIN Associated Press
Updated: September 16, 2020 01:32 PM

Sally as of 1PM CT Wednesday, September 16 | WDIO Interactive Radar Sally as of 1PM CT Wednesday, September 16 | WDIO Interactive Radar

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UPDATE: 9/16/2020

Sally has weakened to a tropical storm but the Gulf Coast region still faces issues from drenching floods

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Hurricane Sally has lumbered ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm, with top winds of 105 mph. The coast is being pummeled with sideways rain and beach-covering storm surges. Sally’s northern eyewall raked the Gulf Coast for hours before the center finally made landfall, delivering punishing wind and rain from Pensacola Beach, Florida, westward to Dauphin Island, Alabama.

The National Hurricane Center says Sally will cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead. Nearly 500,000 homes and businesses are without power between Sally and Hurricane Laura's aftermath in Louisiana.

Update: 9/15/2020

Hurricane Sally's trajectory as of Monday. | ABC News Hurricane Sally's trajectory as of Monday. | ABC News

NAVARRE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Heavy rain and high winds from Hurricane Sally's outer storm bands are pounding the Florida and Alabama coasts.

The National Weather Service said flash floods and up to a foot of rain have been reported in some areas Tuesday night as the hurricane lumbers just off the Florida Panhandle and Alabama on the Gulf Coast.

Forecasters added the slow-crawling storm threatens to trigger dangerous, historic flooding in the region.

Sally has strengthened a bit in recent hours and forecasters say it could strengthen some more before expected landfall early Wednesday.

The storm's about 70 miles offshore and heading slowly toward the coast. 

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