- Sally grows weak. Nine hours after making landfall, the winds of the phenomenon fell rapidly and Alabama and Florida are the most affected states
- Sally is the first hurricane to make landfall in that southern state since 2004
- Thousands are without power and a bridge in Pensacola collapsed
Sally grows weak. Hurricane Sally’s winds eased rapidly after making landfall Wednesday in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and will continue to weaken as it moves inland through parts of that state and Florida, but its associated risks, such as flooding, remain.
In a new bulletin, the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Sally, which made landfall with winds of nearly 105 miles per hour (165 km / h), now has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour ( 139 km / h), category 1.
The travel speed has become faster and Sally is now moving at 5 miles per hour (7 km / h) in a north-northeast direction.
In the NHC track pattern, downtown Sally will cross southeast Alabama and far northwestern Florida as a hurricane today and downgrade to a tropical storm over central Georgia on Thursday to end as a depression off the coast of Georgia. Carolinas.
Sally is the first hurricane to make landfall in that southern state since 2004.
The first reports from the area indicate that it was raining all night and the wind knocked down trees and knocked down cornices and other elements of the buildings, but no victims have been known for now.
The power outages began before the impact and, according to the PowerOutage.com portal, there are more than 217,000 customers in Florida, more than 275,000 in Alabama and about 9,700 in Mississippi affected.
Since before Sally made landfall, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) noted that “catastrophic flash floods” were developing from west of Tallahasse, Florida’s capital, to Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Local media show videos of cities like Orange Beach, Alabama, with the streets completely flooded.
In addition to the storm surge on the coast, it is possible that moderate to major overflows and floods may occur in the rivers in the area.
Sally’s hurricane force winds extend 35 miles (55 km) from its center and tropical storm winds (weaker) up to 125 miles (205 km).
Winds of 74 miles per hour (119 km / h) with a gust of 92 miles per hour (148 km / h) were recorded at the Pensacola, Florida, Naval Air Station, according to the NHC.
Also in Pensacola, a section of a newly built bridge across that coastal city’s bay, popularly known as the Three Mile Bridge, collapsed and collapsed due to the devastation of Sally, reported CNN.
Sally will produce rainfall over a large area of the southeastern US, with accumulations of a maximum of 35 inches (889 millimeters) in specific areas, and the storm surge can raise sea level up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) in some places.
Tornadoes can hit parts of northwestern Florida, southern Alabama and southwestern Georgia all day today, and the Gulf of Mexico will have a large undertow.
Storm Teddy becomes a hurricane
Tropical Storm Teddy became a hurricane on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center.
The system was expected to gain strength over the next few days, turning into a strong hurricane on Wednesday and perhaps reaching Category 4 on Thursday.
Teddy was 1,335 kilometers (820 miles) east of the Lesser Antilles. Its hurricane-force winds stretched 25 miles (40 kilometers) from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds reached 175 miles (281 km).
Meanwhile, Hurricane Sally was moving slowly towards land and had already left 332,000 homes and businesses without power in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana by Wednesday morning, according to the site poweroutage.us. The website listed about 192,000 of those blackouts in Alabama and more than 78,000 in Florida.
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