Sally unleashes flooding along Gulf Coast; deaths reported

WSAV Hurricane Central

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Sally officially made landfall in Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane early Wednesday morning, packing 105 mph sustained winds, flooding rainfall and catastrophic storm surge.

It has since weakened to a tropical depression with winds of 35 mph. Regardless of current strength, it is still bringing heavy rain to eastern Alabama and western Georgia.

WKRG in Alabama reports a man has died due to Sally. Orange Beach officials say a woman is also missing in the area.

In Atlanta, a fire official says a tree fell on a home Wednesday afternoon, killing one person. Two others were able to escape.

Sally’s forward motion will continue to increase as it tracks through Georgia, South Carolina, and into the Atlantic Ocean by the weekend. It will weaken to a remnant low late tomorrow into early Friday.

While the center of Sally remains to our north, some remnant rain will move through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. The heaviest should stay along and north of the storm track. There is also a chance that isolated storms to become strong to severe Thursday. Strong wind is the main threat, however a quick spin up of an isolated tornado or two may be possible.

Sally’s Rain

With Sally crawling along the Gulf Coast and with impacts starting 24 hours even before landfall, rain totals will be between 10 and 20 inches. Highest amounts will be along the immediate coast. There may even be a few isolated amounts as high as 30 inches. These rain totals have caused serious freshwater flooding on top of catastrophic storm surge. Embedded severe thunderstorms may also spawn isolated tornadoes.

Sally Facts

Sally is the fourth hurricane to make a U.S. landfall this year. The most recent year with four or more U.S. hurricane landfalls was 2005 with five hurricanes.

Sally is now the fifth storm this season to make landfall along the Gulf Coast and the third hurricane to make landfall along the Gulf Coast.

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