UPDATED 12:25 PM PT – Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Hurricane Sally continues to dump rain on Alabama and Florida after it made landfall as a Category Two hurricane on Wednesday.
According to forecasters, the storm is expected to cause disastrous flooding from Florida’s Panhandle to Mississippi in the coming days.
1 PM CDT intermediate advisory: #Sally is causing catastrophic and life-threatening flooding over portions of the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama. A significant flood threat will spread inland over portions of the southeastern U.S. through Fri. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/HUdrfkS1IL
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 16, 2020
The storm has caused mass power outages, knocked out a chunk of a three-mile bridge in Pensacola and prompted water rescues after many homes became inundated with water. Some areas, which were hit with torrential rain and storm surges, are under at least three feet of water.
“Everything is under water, buildings, it’s crazy,” said Florida resident Jordan Muse. “It just so happens the power people have the biggest trucks, they are the only ones not flooding.”
Perdido Key, FL (southwest of Pensacola, FL) took the brunt of the eastern eyewall of Hurricane #Sally. Significant damage done by wind, surge, and rainfall flooding. Video courtesy of Brandon Clement with Live Storms Media. #Flwx #ALwx #MSwx #SCwx #NCwx pic.twitter.com/dohZBTxQVZ
— Ed Piotrowski (@EdPiotrowski) September 16, 2020
The storm is moving at a walking pace and is predicted to turn northeast before crashing into the southeast on Friday.
Governors in the South declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s arrival. Mississippi residents and those living in low-lying areas in Louisiana were under evacuation orders as Sally churned across the Gulf of Mexico.
“So, we have to take precautions of everything right now,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D). “Making sure that we have everything for the storm, making sure that if they say leave, we will leave.”
Thousands of Louisiana residents are still living in temporary housing after they evacuated for Hurricane Laura, whose damaging winds and rains wreaked havoc just weeks ago. Other residents are still clearing debris and tens of thousands are still without power.
In the meantime, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany reaffirmed the Trump administration is working closely with local officials to get supplies and aid to those in need.