Fortunately for the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Sally decided to change its course and make landfall near the Alabama-Florida line.
Shortly after 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service announced that the Category Two hurricane arrived in Gulf Shores, Alabama with max winds of 105 miles per hour.
#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
While people across the Mississippi Gulf Coast should be happy that Sally didn’t make landfall in the state’s coastal region, the state is still being affected by the hurricane as over 7,000 homes in Jackson and George counties are without power, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
For our friends in Alabama and Florida, things aren’t looking good as Hurricane Sally continues to “thrash” communities in both southeastern Alabama and the panhandle portion of Florida.
As of 10:00 this morning, close to two feet of rain had already fallen across the warned area.