Hurricane Sally struck early Wednesday morning near the Gulf of Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane packing 105 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, which warned of a “life-threatening” flood.
Forecasters have warned of coastal storm surges that could spread from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and the south of the country in the next few days causing severe flooding.
According to the poweroutage.us website, about 150,000 homes and businesses quickly lost electricity Wednesday due to strong winds blowing in the area.
In Escambia County, Deputy Chief of Staff Chip Simmons has promised to leave his staff with residents as far as physically possible. Located in Pensacola County, Florida, it is one of the largest cities in the Gulf Coast.
Pensacola police urged people to stay off the road because hazardous debris “increased too much for registration” according to CNN.
The Office of National Air Services in Moblie, Alabama, warned residents to “stay safe.”
“THIS IS A DANGEROUS LIFE SITUATION. NOW THE LANGUAGE IS BIRTHDAY !!” NWS Mobile office tweeted.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey warned on Twitter: “Hurricane Sally is not something to be taken lightly. We are facing a record flood, possibly breaking historical levels, and with the increase in water comes a risk of loss of life and damage to homes. “
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he had declared a state of emergency in 13 counties.
“Floridians in these counties need to be prepared for strong winds and heavy flooding,” he warned on Twitter.
Across the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida Panhandle, with isolated amounts of 30 inches it is also possible for 20 inches of rain to fall.
Sally will quickly weaken and gain momentum as she travels the four corners of Alabama and Georgia from Wednesday to Thursday, according to Weather.com.
With Post wires