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Jumping in intensity Sally floods the Gulf Coast

Posted at 5:09 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 08:09:12-04

In the early morning hours of Wednesday Hurricane Sally started to intensify again with winds jumping up to about 110 mph which put in on the verge of a Category 3 storm, unfortunately the jump in intensity didn't come with a faster forward speed.

Sally finds itself removed from any steering currents which has allowed the storm to drift, at times erratically, and move painfully slow toward the central Gulf Coast all while producing flooding rains that will top 30" in some areas.

The northern portion of Sally's eyewall has made landfall between Mobile Bay and Pensacola Bay, but the back portion of the eye still sits over the Gulf of Mexico which is allowing the storm to keep feeding off the warm waters.

Crawling at 3 mph the storm will still sit in northwest Florida by lunchtime Wednesday, which means that tropical showers that have already lead to to major flooding, will continue for another several hours.

The slow moving nature of the storm has allowed the storm surge to pile up as well, particularly for the Alabama coast, which has compounded the flooding that is taking place as a result of the rain.

Winds picked up to around 110 mph which would certainly be capable of toppling trees and damaging structures, but the extent of the damage won't really be known until the sun comes up on Wednesday.

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