Sally Continues To Inch Across The Deep South Bringing Disastrous Flooding


While Sally is no longer a hurricane, the storm still poses a serious threat as it inches across the Deep South. Remnants of the storm, which is now considered a tropical depression with sustained winds of about 35 mph, are moving north through Georgia towards the Carolinas.

Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Wednesday morning as a Category 2 storm and dumped multiple feet of rain across the region. Sally drenched Pensacola, Florida, which is about 30 miles from Gulf Shores, with four months' worth of rain in just four hours.

"We had 30 inches of rain in Pensacola -- 30-plus inches of rain -- which is four months' of rain in four hours," Pensacola Fire Chief Ginny Cranor said.

Officials instated a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for the next 72 hours. Authorities have been working around the clock, battling the storm to rescue hundreds of people from their homes. Their efforts are hampered by downed trees and power lines, which make navigating the flooded roads in boats and high-water vehicles difficult.

Atlanta is under a flash-flood warning, and Sally could bring flooding rains as far north as Norfolk, Virginia. Forecasters warned that the storm could spawn tornados.

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