The hurricane is one of the second categories on a scale of five, reports the National Hurricane Center. It warns of “catastrophic and life-threatening floods” in the affected coastal region. Sally is expected to head northeast through the inland for the next few days.
Stacy Stewart of the National Hurricane Center tells USA Today that the slow-moving Sally can drop three feet of rain in places. Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach also expects a lot of rain. “It won’t be good,” he says.
Some coastal areas on the Gulf of Mexico have already been inundated with over 18 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. Parts of Pensacola, Florida have been hit by floods that brought water up to five feet high, the National Hurricane Center said.
Due to the storm, nearly 500,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and Florida are now without power. This number is expected to continue to grow. Videos on social media show Hurricane Gulf Shores uprooting trees, blowing away street signs, and cars getting stuck due to flooding.