Hurricane Sally Topples Big Rigs and Brings “Catastrophic Flooding” Across U.S. Gulf Coast
Gulf Shores, AL – Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning as a category 2 and is causing historic flooding along parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, AL at 4:45 a.m. CDT unleashing maximum sustained winds of up to 105 mph.
As predicted, Hurricane Sally dumped torrential rains of up to 18″ in some areas resulting in historic flooding as it moved inland over southeastern Alabama and the western portion of the Florida Panhandle.
Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Sally has already produced up to 18″ of rain, creating catastrophic flash flooding. Additional rainfall as high as 12+” on the Gulf Coast, 4-8+” in AL/GA, 4-6+” in the Carolinas, and 2-5+” in VA will spread flash flooding northeast through Friday. pic.twitter.com/EvnfaVqIfh
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) September 16, 2020
The NHC described the flooding along portions of the north-central Gulf Coast as “catastrophic and life-threatening.”
9/16/20 9:14am EDT Radar Update – The continuous moisture feed by these very strong convective bands from #HurricaneSally will unfortunately not be letting up any time soon. Rainfall amounts are piling up in the Panhandle and southeast AL. Please be safe. pic.twitter.com/2F6OtDq7TC
— NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) September 16, 2020
Hundreds of thousands in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida are reportedly without power.
The conditions are making roadways in some areas extremely dangerous and impassible.
Big rigs being toppled by the high winds have been reported.
In one such reported incident, a big rig was blown over along a bridge on Interstate 10 as it attempted to cross Mobile Bay.
#HurricaneSally‘s dangerous winds were powerful enough to leave this truck on the edge of the bridge across Mobile Bay. Winds will stay strong as #Sally crawls inland. #ALwx pic.twitter.com/1cuuH7TrIr
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) September 16, 2020
The rig is seen hanging precariously close to the edge.
The condition of the driver is unknown at this time.
The storm has also led to the closures of many roadways along the Gulf Coast including in Florida along I-10 Eastbound and Westbound, at the Escambia Bay Bridge, and major stretches of U.S. 98.
So far, one major truck stop location has closed.
Pilot Flying J announced the temporary closures of its Theodore and Satsuma, Alabama locations.
HURRICANE SALLY UPDATE (9/16/2020- 10:00 AM EST):
The following stores are now CLOSED:
-Store #302 in Theodore, Alabama
-Store #75 in Satsuma, Alabama
— Pilot Flying J (@PilotFlyingJ) September 16, 2020
Transportation Nation Network will continue to track the storm as it moves inland.