Hurricane Sally made landfall into the US Gulf Coast early Wednesday, threatening ‘historic’ and deadly flash flooding.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the category 2 storm hit Gulf Shores, Alabama at about 4:45 am bringing maximum sustained winds of about 165kmh.
“Historic life-threatening flooding likely along portions of the northern Gulf coast,” the centre warned on Tuesday, adding the hurricane could dump up to 20 inches of rain in some areas.
More than 400,000 homes and businesses were without power across the upper Gulf Coast as on Wednesday morning, according to poweroutage.us.
Sally had been at a crawling pace of two miles per hour, but was expected to pick up speed through Wednesday.
President Donald Trump, speaking on “Fox & Friends,” compared Sally to Hurricane Laura, which battered Texas and Louisiana, as well as the Caribbean, just a few weeks ago.
Damage from Sally is expected to reach $2 billion to $3 billion, said Chuck Watson of Enki Research, which models and tracks tropical storms. That could rise if the storm’s heaviest rainfall happens over land instead of the Gulf.