Hurricane Sally made landfall early on Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama. In the final hours before moving ashore, the storm rapidly intensified into a strong Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph. Sally’s slow pace means a relentless pounding from wind and water lasting into Thursday will cover coastal zones from extreme southeast Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle, which are under hurricane and storm-surge warnings. In addition to Hurricane-force winds, the National Hurricane Center warns of “extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm surge.”
Sally’s greatest threat remains heavy rainfall. The National Hurricane Center predicts the long-duration storm could produce as much as 30 inches of rain between southeastern Mississippi and the western Florida Panhandle, with widespread amounts of 10 to 20 inches.