Hurricane Sally appears to have brought more than a violent wind, floods and a dangerous storm surge.
Alabama resident Tina Bennett captured a video Wednesday of a giant alligator swimming in the water just outside her Gulf Shores home.
“Oh my God, this is outside our window!” Bennett exclaimed in a video posted on Twitter by WKRG-TV meteorologist Thomas Geboy. “It’s a 10 or 12 foot alligator!”
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Geboy noted that the huge reptile was another reason to take shelter until the floodwaters recede.
“Not only are there downed power lines, but there are also displaced wild animals,”
In addition to the alligator, an eel was caught swimming on the side of a highway in Orange Beach, Alabama later in the day, according to Birmingham WVTM-TV reporter Brittany Decker.
“Just a typical Wednesday in 2020,” the station wrote.
Sally landed at 4:45 am CDT near Gulf Shores as a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Sally carried the measured rain in feet, killed at least one person and forced the rescue of hundreds. At least eight waterways in southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are expected to reach major flood levels by Thursday.
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The National Weather Service has warned that some of the ridges could break records, submerge bridges and flood homes.
In Orange Beach, at least 50 people were rescued from flooded homes and taken to shelters, Mayor Tony Kennon said.
“We have some people we couldn’t reach because the water is so high,” Kennon said. “But they are safe in their homes. As soon as the water recedes, we will save them. “
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Alabama is home to 93 native reptile species, including 12 lizards, 49 snakes, 31 turtles and the American alligator, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The Associated Press contributed to this report