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Photos: Hurricane Sally makes landfall

Hurricane Sally underwent an unexpected burst of rapid intensification just before landfall, taking it to strong Category 2 status when it came ashore near Gulf Shores, Ala., early Wednesday. In the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama, which were already experiencing this rain, water rescues have been underway, as rained push inland. An Alabama major confirmed the first storm-related death.

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The storm is just the latest to hit the United States in a hurricane season that is on a record pace, with the Greek alphabet needing to be used for storm names after the next named storm.

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Sept. 17, 2020 | Orange Beach, Ala.

A washed-up boat lies on the street.

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Kathleen Flynn/Reuters

Sept. 17, 2020 | Gulf Shores, Ala.

A damaged business.

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Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Sept. 16, 2020 | Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

A passenger in a car takes pictures with his phone as the vehicle is driven through a flooded section of Highway 98.

Devon Ravine

Devon Ravine

Sept. 16, 2020 | Choctaw Beach, Fla.

Waves crash over a sea wall onto Florida Highway 20.

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Michael Snyder/AP

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

A U.S. flag flies from a boat damaged by Hurricane Sally.

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Jonathan Bachman/Reuters

Sept. 16, 2020 | Dauphin Island, Ala.

Chris Cote, Rickie Sexton and David Sexton move a grill near their neighbor’s trailer, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sally.

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Kathleen Flynn/Reuters

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

A damaged car and home on Harbourview Circle.

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Bryan Tarnowski for The Washington Post

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

A temporary shelter was set up by the Red Cross at the downtown Pensacola Bay Center.

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Bryan Tarnowski for The Washington Post

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

Downed trees and flooding near the Bayou Grove and Mulworth neighborhoods.

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Bryan Tarnowski for The Washington Post

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

Clinton and Randal Ream with their son, Saylor, and daughter, Nayvie, and two neighbors, Aubrey Miller and Harmony Morgan, at their home in a small trailer park.

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Bryan Tarnowski for The Washington Post

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

People use flashlights as they walk on flooded streets in search of their vehicles.

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Gerald Herbert/AP

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

Floodwater moves on the street.

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Gerald Herbert/AP

Sept. 16, 2020 | Pensacola, Fla.

Trent Airhart wades through floodwater.

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Gerald Herbert/AP

On Monday and Tuesday, residents braced as the storm inched its way toward the Gulf Coast, with forecasts calling for upward of 30 inches of rain, which could cause “catastrophic and historic flooding,” the National Weather Service warned.

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Sept. 15, 2020 | Orange Beach, Ala.

Jordan Spence and Dawson Stallworth watch waves come ashore as Hurricane Sally approaches.

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JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS

Sept. 15, 2020 | Alabama Port, Ala.

A car drives by crashing waves as Hurricane Sally approaches.

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Sept. 15, 2020 | Mobile, Ala.

Carl Narman walks his dog in the rain as Hurricane Sally approaches.

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Sept. 15, 2020 | Pascagoula, Miss.

A road is blocked off as flood waters started to crest the roadway near downtown Pascagoula.

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Bryan Tarnowski for The Washington Post

Sept. 15, 2020 | Biloxi, Miss.

Raven Menna, left, and her friend Jessica Steward look at the storm surge coming into Point Cadet Park.

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Bryan Tarnowski for The Washington Post

Sept. 15, 2020 | Gulf Shores, Ala.

Waves crash along a pier as Sally approaches.

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JONATHAN BACHMAN/REUTERS

Sept. 14, 2020 | Dauphin Island, Ala.

Cars are stranded in the sand as flooding continues.

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Jeff Collier/AP

Sept. 14, 2020 | Biloxi, Miss.

From left, Christian Clark, Darrianna Bogan and Glorida Lyonn fill sandbags.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sept. 14, 2020 | New Orleans

Louis Marrero boards up businesses in the French Quarter as New Orleans braces for the arrival of Sally.

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KATHLEEN FLYNN/REUTERS

Sept. 14, 2020 | Kiln, Miss.

Bay St. Louis residents, from left, John Dixon; his wife, Sabrina Young; and Erika Crain talk about their experiences while at the Hancock County Evacuation Shelter in preparation for the storm.

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Barbara Gauntt/AP

Sept. 14, 2020 | Houston

Pilot Derek Harbaugh helps to unload a dog off a plane, which was loaded with 100 cats and dogs from Hammond, La., through the effort of Wings of Rescue, as they evacuated the animals ahead of Hurricane Sally at Hobby Airport in Houston.

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Karen Warren/AP

Sept. 14, 2020 | Shell Beach, La.

A cross honoring those killed by Hurricane Katrina stands in the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sally is likely to continue to affect the Gulf Coast and Southeast, moving into Georgia and the Carolinas, through the end of the week.

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