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Gulf Shores, Orange Beach not welcoming guests for 10 days after damage from Hurricane Sally

Sally makes landfall in Alabama as a Category 2 hurricane
Posted at 6:09 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 19:09:49-04

GULF SHORES, AL — Alabama beach vacationers are being warned that Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are not welcoming guests for the next 10 days after experiencing major damage from Hurricane Sally.

According to a release from Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Alabama Gulf Coast was hit heavily by Hurricane Sally and officials are continuing to assess the damage.

In Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the area of Fort Morgan, conditions remain hazardous with major flooding, extensive power outages, structural damage, wide-range beach erosion, fallen trees and many roads that are either closed or impassable, the release states.

There is also a countywide curfew in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice, and the destination is closed to visitors for at least 10 days.

According to the release, those with existing reservations to arrive before Saturday, Sept. 26, should contact their hotel or rental company to find out storm cancellation and rebooking policies.

According to the City of Gulf Shores, the W.C. Holmes Bridge, located on Highway 59 crossing the Intracoastal Waterway, will remain closed for entry into Gulf Shores until further notice, except for residents and property owners with a valid Hurricane Re-entry Pass.

And, in the neighboring coastal city of Orange Beach, the Foley Beach Express toll bridge and Perdido Pass bridge in Orange Beach are also closed for entry to the island until further notice except for residents with valid hurricane re-entry passes and workers who can provide proof of employment via work identification or pay stub, the release states.

Visitors currently in the area can depart the island heading north via either the W. C. Holmes or Foley Beach Express bridges.

For updates regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, including area closings and community alerts, visit www.gulfshores.com/situation-updates.

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