Hurricane Sally: Floods and Blackouts in the Southern US

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Hurricane Sally wreaked havoc in Alabama and northwest Florida on the night from Wednesday to Thursday. Both US states suffered severe flooding and power outages.

 

The NHC National Hurricane Center in Miami speaks of “historic and disastrous” flooding.

A person is said to have been killed by the hurricane in the coastal town of Orange Beach, Alabama. However, the police cannot confirm that the man whose lifeless body washed up was a victim of the hurricane.

Parts of the Gulf of Mexico coast have so far experienced more than 460 millimetres of rain. The amount of precipitation is expected to increase while wind speeds decrease.

In the coastal city of Pensacola, Florida, there were as much as 1.5 meters of water in places. More than half a million households and businesses in the region are without electricity.

Multiple residents of the Florida and Alabama coastline say they are surprised by the damage caused by the slow-moving hurricane. However, the NHC previously warned that Sally can still cause life-threatening situations.

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