Pensacola, Fla. – A portion of a bridge in Pennsylvania collapsed, turning 30-inch rain and storm road streets into white-covered rivers after Hurricane Sally made landfall on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning.
Sally’s strong winds hit Alabama and Florida as the center moved to Bunhand by the afternoon. In Pensacola, Florida, part of the Pensacola Bay Bridge collapsed, and the city was mostly underwater.
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least three places, with forecasts including “historic and catastrophic floods, including widespread moderate to large river floods”.
Photos and videos from coastal areas showed trees falling, rubbish and boats being thrown, and streets being flooded. At 9 a.m. local time, a water level station in Pensacola sank 5.5 feet above sea level, the National Hurricane Center said.
Flash flood emergencies were in effect and rescue efforts are underway in parts of southeastern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle because of the possible 35 inches of rain in storm isolated bags.
Florida Disaster Relief: How to help those affected by Hurricane Sally
Sally caused a landslide at 4:45 a.m. with winds of up to 105 mph near the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; the epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
Some other major improvements:
- Sally predicts he will travel inland Wednesday night across southeastern Alabama before reaching Georgia on Thursday and Carolina on Friday.
- Some parts of Alabama and Florida can receive about 10 to 20 inches of rain, with isolated bags getting up to 35 inches.
- Sally is the eighth-named hurricane to hit the U.S. continent this year – the highest in recorded history until September 16th.
- According to utility tracker poweroutage.us, more than 500,000 homes and businesses are without power.
Check out the latest news with Hurricane Sally:
The Gulf State Park Shipping Division was destroyed
When Sally came ashore near the Gulf Coast of Alabama, the wreck in the Gulf State Park suffered significant damage, destroying large parts of the storm structure.
Montgomery resident Joe Watley said friends have sent photos showing more damage near the beach, with debris and a portion of Gulf State Park Pier missing. Many boats came ashore.
“All this earth and sea belong to God,” Watley said. “He allows us to share them as long as we need to. If we want to rebuild, we rebuild.”
– Alesha Williams Boyd, Montgomery Advertiser | 12 noon C.D.
Mobile Home Park Residents Join: ‘At least Everyone Has an Account’
Brandon Anderson, who lives in the Oak Lodge Mobile Home Park west of Pennsylvania, helped bring out the chainsaws Wednesday morning and carry the massive trees that block the park’s entrance.
Soon, he helped more than a dozen neighbors try.
“Luckily they came out and started joining us,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he saw the light of day when he thought the electrical connections were shattering during the worst of the storm. “I felt my house tremble. There are a lot of light explosions, which is a little scary, ”he said.
Kenneth McClory said he woke up at 4 a.m. screaming wind and green light around his house. The next thing he knew, a big tree had fallen in his living room.
Another tree fell on his car before he could escape.
Aside from feeling “homeless,” McIlroy said he was optimistic that things would get better – one day, if not today.
“You can’t let yourself down, it just gets worse,” he said. “At least everyone has an account.”
– Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal | 11:45 a.m. C.D.
Part of the Pensacola Bridge collapsed
Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan confirmed that part of the three-mile bridge was missing, the largest damage since Hurricane Sally. Santa Rosa County Emergency Management tweeted a photo showing the missing area of the bridge.
Pictures show a crane falling on the bridge and hitting part of the roadway. The brand new three-mile bridge, or Pensacola Bay Bridge, connects the city with the Gulf Breeze.
The Florida Department of Transportation said it could not estimate the damage to the bridge caused by the high winds.
On Tuesday, a construction crew loosened, attacked a fishing vessel, stayed three miles under the bridge and forced the bridge to close.
– Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal | 10:23 a.m. C.D.
Downtown Pensacola is mostly underwater
Much of the city of Pennsylvania was under water Wednesday morning, with floodwaters turning streets into white-covered rivers and trees booking Balfox Street. Downtown was mostly empty, except for police officers and a few brave spectators.
Nick Jangari, owner of Nick’s Badlands Bar in New York, was sitting in the doorway of his dark, empty bar at Balfox. Jangari has been at the bar since Monday and said he wants to keep an eye on his building. But he did not expect things to get as bad as he did overnight on Tuesday.
A few blocks down, on Jefferson Street, cars flooded around the Holiday Inn Express and the Pensacola Little Theater. The floodwaters looked like the Gulf of Mexico as the wind blew the water away.
People were standing on the porch of the hotel, staring, looking at the water that was in the parking lot.
– Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal | 10:15 a.m. C.D.
The Cajun Navy gives a first look at the damage to Alabama’s Orange Beach
The United Cajun Navy holds ground boots on Orange Beach and is inspecting the damage so far from Type 2 storms.
The non-profit organization, which is dedicated to providing relief efforts and mobilizing rescue teams to areas affected by natural disasters, posted a video on Facebook showing the storm surge and heavy flooding in the streets and the boat that capsized on the side of the road next to a refrigerator. .
– Daniel Medina, Montgomery Advertiser | 9 a.m. C.D.
Alabama: Great damage to rescue operations, homes, businesses
Rescue teams are working to evacuate people from homes damaged by Hurricane Sally, and amid heavy flooding, senior forecaster David Eversol said with the National Weather Service.
“There are currently two flash flood emergencies off the coast of Baldwin Fort Walton Beach,” he said.
Eversol said several condos were damaged along the Gulf Coast and the surf shop and pink pony pub were damaged. A boat floated between some buildings and the debris on the orange beach leaned against some condos.
“We know people are being rescued and we know there is severe property damage,” he said.
– Kirsten Biscus, Montgomery Advertiser | 8:10 p.m.
Sally has a lot in common with Hurricane Ivan – 16 years later
Sally’s path and landslide are very similar to Hurricane Ivan, which caused a landslide on the same day – September 16 – 2004, 16 years ago, at the same place where Sally was scheduled to land. Evan was a strong Type 3 storm, and devastated the area.
– Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal | 8 p.m.
Flora-Bama beach bar escapes Hurricane Sally
Even Hurricane Sally, which was wet and windy, could not blow Flora-Bama. According to a photo and caption released by the United Cajun Navy at 5:23 a.m. Wednesday, “the country’s most popular beach menu” still stands. The Volunteer Rescue Team is currently conducting relief efforts in Escambia County.
The photo does not show any damage to its roof or its walls, but shows rising water around the landmark bar on the border of Alabama and Florida.
– Daniel Medina, Pensacola News Journal | 8 p.m.
Rescue workers were called to the scene after the floodwaters receded in Florida, Oklahoma County.
Oculus County rescue workers were called in early Wednesday morning as Sally created flooding that required emergency evacuations in some areas.
“We have been receiving reports of flooded roads and houses, and are actively involved in water recovery and evacuation,” O’Connor’s Director of Public Safety Patrick Maddox told district officials at 4 p.m.
County spokeswoman Christopher Saul said 543 people “needed to be evacuated” in the southern tip of Oculus County by 5:30 a.m. Rescue workers had succeeded in helping to evacuate 79 people from the Baker area.
– Tom McLaughlin, Northwest Florida Daily News | 7:30 p.m.
Sally hurricane Pensacola receives 30 inches of rain
The National Weather Service on Mobile announced a trained location that will receive 30 inches of rain in northwestern Pensacola. NAS Pensacola recorded 24.8 inches of rain and wind up to 92 miles per hour.
Earlier on Wednesday, the weather service issued a “rare” flash flood emergency warning.
Dave Eversol, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Alabama Mobile, said: “If a flash flood hits us, it poses a significant risk to lives and property.” That is, people are being dragged out of their homes there, rescuing people from cars. This is perfect with a hurricane emergency, which is one of our two extreme warnings. ”
Intermediate 10 on the Escambia Bay Bridge, east and west, closed due to high winds.
– Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal | 7:30 p.m.
Jim Condor of the weather channel in Pensacola
Renowned weather channel meteorologist Jim Condor was in Pensacola early Wednesday morning to monitor the storm. Condor was disgraced in reporting from the worst weather conditions in the country.
He tweeted a video of a powerful wind blowing across the city on Wednesday morning, and footage from the weather channel also showed that it had been hit by heavy rain.
– Annie Blanks, Pensacola News Journal | 6:30 p.m.
Sally is the 8th named storm to cause landslides this year
According to Phil Clotsbach, a meteorologist and meteorologist at Colorado State University, this is the eighth hurricane to hit the continent in the United States this year – the deadliest in recorded history until September 16.
The record for most continental landslides in the United States in a single Atlantic season is nine, set in 1916. Sally’s Eye Center was hit by a landslide near the Gulf Coast of Alabama at 4:45 a.m. local time.
– John Bacon, USA Today | 4:45 p.m.