Hurricane Sally now a Category 2 storm ahead of landfall
Hurricane Sally strengthened to a Class 2 storm with 100 mph winds early Wednesday morning because it continued to crawl towards the northern Gulf Coast.
The storm was situated about 65 miles southeast of Cellular, Alabama shifting north-northeasterly at a clip of simply 2 mph as of 1 a.m., in keeping with the Nationwide Hurricane Middle.
Sally could bring historic flooding rains, ferocious winds and life-threatening storm surges alongside the Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts, forecasters predicted.
The hurricane’s gradual velocity remembers 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, which introduced a number of ft of rain over a number of days within the Houston space, in keeping with Reuters.
Cellular, Alabama Mayor Sandy Stimpson stated he anticipated a “large quantity of flooding” as the town barricaded intersections prone to be inundated by excessive water.
Sally is predicted to dump between 10 and 20 inches of rain on the coast, with remoted 30-inch downpours.
Earlier than making landfall, Sally had already dumped 12.71 inches of rain in Pensacola, Florida, in keeping with the Nationwide Climate Service.