Hurricane Sally Floods Homes, Businesses in Alabama, Florida; Downtown Pensacola Covered in Water
By Jan Wesner Childs
13 hours ago
Sally Slams Alabama and Florida; Catastrophic Flooding Underway
The storm is setting up for a drawn-out drenching along the Gulf Coast.
At a Glance
- The storm made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama.
- More than 2 feet of rain has fallen in Pensacola.
- The city’s downtown is covered in water.
- More than 400,000 homes and businesses were without power in three states.
- Winds gusted to 99 mph in Dauphin Island, Alabama.
Parts of Pensacola, Florida, are underwater as storm surge and flooding from Hurricane Sally inundates neighborhoods, homes and businesses.
“We believe that this is an epic proportion flooding event,” Escambia County Public Safety Directdor Jason Rogers told WEAR-TV Wednesday morning. “There is extremely high water, moving water that is very dangerous. We don’t believe that we have yet seen the worst of the flooding.”
Sheriff David Morgan said in a mid-morning news conference that high water vehicles and boats were being used to take people out of flooded homes.
“We anticipate the evacuations could literally be in the thousands,” Morgan said.
There were reports that the Pensacola Bay Bridge, also known as the Three-Mile Bridge, was damaged by a collapsed crane.
“At this time we’re trying to confirm that there may be a section of the Three-Mile Bridge missing in Escambia County,” Morgan said.
Separately, Interstate 10 was closed from the Alabama state line through the Escambia Bay Bridge due to flooding.
Escambia County’s emergency management agency said on Twitter that the fire department, sheriff’s office and the National Guard were “actively working on water rescues and life saving measures” in one area with 269 homes.
No mandatory evacuation orders were issued in Escambia County, but Rogers said those in low-lying areas should evacuate if they can. The Pensacola Bay Center was opened as a shelter ahead of the storm.
More than 2 feet of rain was reported in Pensacola, which took the brunt of the weather on the east side of the storm. Storm surge there rose at least 5.5 feet.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=weatherchannel&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1306218579340165121&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fweather.com%2Fnews%2Fnews%2F2020-09-16-hurricane-sally-alabama-florida-mississippi-landfall-flooding-power-outages&siteScreenName=weatherchannel&siteUserId=20998647&theme=light&widgetsVersion=219d021%3A1598982042171&width=100%25
Emergency crews in Okaloosa County, about 60 miles to the east, were also responding to calls for rescues, according WEAR.
Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning near Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Here’s a state-by-state look at Sally’s wind, waves and rain.
Officials where the storm came ashore in Baldwin County warned of an “extremely dangerous situation” amid severe widespread damage as the sun rose and the extent of the storm’s impacts became clearer.
Drone video from the area showed walls blown out of a high-rise condominium, neighborhoods flooded and roofs damaged.