Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a Category 2 storm bringing torrential rains in its slow march ashore. The slow movement of the storm means record rainfall and storm surge is causing catastrophic flooding. Although the storm has now weakened to a tropical depression, it has left chaos in its wake, dumping 4 months worth of rain in about 4 hours.
Sally has produced up to 30 inches of rain over portions of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florid Panhandle to far southeast Louisiana. Pensacola, Florida had already received 24 inches by the time Sally made landfall. A dangerous storm surge has also inundated coastal communities with Pensacola and Mobile, Alabama bearing much of the brunt of the storm. Hundreds of people needed rescue as the slow movement of the storm and its historic rainfall caught many by surprise.
As the hurricane season reaches its peak months (September and October), the season has already surpassed all predictions in terms of the number of named storms and their speed of development. All of this is happening as Wildfires sweep through the Western states and the COVID Pandemic death toll nears 200,000 in the United States.