Hurricane Sally, which weakened into a tropical storm, is hitting the Gulf Coast at a slow pace and with enormous amounts of rain, triggering “catastrophic and life-threatening” floods along with parts of the Florida Panhandle and the Southern Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The eye of the storm swept across land near Gulf Shores, Alabama, early Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph. On Wednesday afternoon, the eye was located about 30 miles west-northwest of Pensacola, Florida, with winds of 70 mph.
The storm is now crawling north-north-east at 5 mph, keeping an extremely slow pace, meaning it could produce nearly three feet of rain in some areas and storm surges as high as seven feet. Precipitation is already measured in feet, not inches, and tornadoes remain a possibility in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.