It passed through Florida and arrived in Alabama with winds of 165 kilometers per hour. The heavy rains will last until Thursday.
Hurricane Sally made landfall on Wednesday in Alabama, United States, with winds of 165 km / h (105 mph), flooding houses and trapping people at high tide along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The meteor’s vortex was still moving inland – at 5 km / h (3 mph), as slow as a human walking – so it could cause flooding dangerous from the northeast strip of Florida to Mississippi and beyond in the next few days.
The hurricane made landfall at 4:45 a.m. near Gulf Shores, Alabama, after hitting a stretch of coastline from Pensacola Beach, Florida, to Dauphin Island, Alabama for hours.
It struck the nearby cities of Mobile in Alabama and Pensacola, in Florida, two cities whose metropolitan areas they have a combined population of almost 1 million people.
Emergency officials in Alabama and Florida reported flash floods that inundated many homes.
Emergency teams they took several people out of flooded houses. In Escambia County, which includes Pensacola, more than 40 were rescued, including a family of four that was found in a tree, Sheriff David Morgan said.
“There are entire communities that we will have to evacuate ”Morgan said. “It’s going to be a tremendous operation for the next few days.”
More than 61 centimeters (2 feet) of rain was recorded near Naval Air Station Pensacola, and the National Weather Service reported a flood of nearly one meter (3 feet) on the streets of downtown Pensacola.
“It’s not common to start measuring rainfall in feet, ” said National Weather Service forecaster David Eversole in Mobile, Alabama.“ Sally moves very slowly, so it keeps hitting and hitting and hitting the area with tropical rain and powerful winds. It’s a nightmare”.
Sally es the second hurricane to hit the Gulf Coast in less than three weeks and the latest hit in one of the busiest hurricane seasons ever recorded, so frenzied that forecasters have nearly filled the entire alphabet of storm names with two and a half months to go. At the beginning of the week, Sally was one of five storms spinning simultaneously across the Atlantic, like charms on a bracelet.
Like the wildfires ravaging the west coast, the onslaught of hurricanes has focused attention on climate change, which according to scientists is causing slower storms, with more rain, more powerful and more destructive.
In Orange Beach, Alabama, at least 50 people were rescued from flooded homes and taken to shelters, Mayor Tony Kennon reported.
“We have some people that we just couldn’t reach because the water is very high” Kennon said. “But they are safe in their homes and as soon as the water recedes, we will rescue them.”
Sally made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane, then weakened and was classified mid-morning. as a category 1 meteor, which is still dangerous, with winds of 130 km / h (80 mph). At 10 a.m. local time, the eye of the storm was about 20 kilometers (about 15 miles) west-northwest of Pensacola and moving northeast at about 7 km / h (5 mph).
Meteorologists warned that heavy rains will continue until Thursday as the storm moves inland over Alabama and into central Georgia.
For its part, the tropical storm Teddy became a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.