Hurricane Sally is heading towards the US, it has brought “historic and catastrophic flooding” to the southern US as it inches ashore.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported flooding from Tallahassee, Florida to Mobile Bay in Alabama.
According to the international news agency, the center has cautioned of a “life-threatening” storm surge and river flooding inland as far as Georgia.
According to the latest updates, Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama at 0445 local times (0945 GMT).
It caused winds to blow 105 miles per hour (168km/h). The storm is heading towards the northeast at 3 miles per hour (5km/h).
#Sally has made landfall near Gulf Shores Alabama at 445 AM CDT as a category 2 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds were 105 mph with a minimum central pressure of 965 mb. More: https://t.co/tW4KeFW0gB pic.twitter.com/zdyilBhdic
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 16, 2020
Heavy rain showers submerged the roads as the storm inched ashore. Other areas including Mississippi and low-lying properties in Louisiana were affected by increasing waters.
A local website poweroutagr.us mentioned that more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Alabama and Florida had reported power cuts by Wednesday morning.
“Sally has a characteristic that isn’t often seen and that’s a slow forward speed and that’s going to exacerbate the flooding,” NHC deputy director Ed Rappaport told the Associated Press.
On the other hand, deadly hurricane Laura has battered southern states in the US, killing 14 people.
Ten of the people had died in Louisiana whereas four in Texas.
The storm has now been downgraded to tropical storm status, but several states are still reporting heavy rain.
On the other hand, at least 31 people have died in Haiti, which was earlier hit by storms Marco and Laura.
According to BBC, Winds of up to 150mph (240km/h) caused severe damage, with power cuts to more than half a million homes and a chemical fire from an industrial plant.