Another major hurricane came to the
and in four hours, Sally gave a four-month rainfall peak.
Wind speeds during the storm reached 169 km/h and only much later dropped to 56 km/h.
Orange Beach, Alabama, and Pensacola, Florida, were hit hardest. Water levels in many areas rose by almost half a meter. In Pensacola the water reached the mark of 1.5 meters.
One man dead, another missing. Rescuers have evacuated over 370 people from the flood zone. More than half a million people have been left without electricity in two states. The total damage from the storm is estimated at $2 billion.
The edge of the cyclone has also affected the Mississippi and Louisiana.
The first hurricane to strike from the Atlantic was the marinas and the boats standing in them. The number of sunken yachts is not reported, but it is clear that not all of them have experienced Sally. Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach is called «destroyed. It will take about a year to rebuild the Barber Marina in Elbert (Alabama).
In Ono Island, Alabama, boats thrown ashore can be found about every 50 meters.
In the Gulf of Mexico, one third of the drilling wells were closed.
Sally is compared to Ivan, who hit the coast the same day 16 years ago. The people of Orange Beach even think the current storm is more devastating.
Hurricane Sally toppled boats and ripped walls and roofs from structures along Florida's panhandle and Alabama's Gulf coast. pic.twitter.com/IwdWqdIxz-USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 18, 2020
In Pensacola, two barges fell off the anchor. One crashed into a bridge, the other, fortunately, knocked down the beach.
Scientists believe that the huge amount of precipitation that the hurricane brought may be associated with global warming. Warm air is capable of taking more moisture. Sally is also incredibly slow. The U.S. National Weather Service has even figuratively compared the hurricane to a child«in a candy store.