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Weather Update 9.16.20 - U.S.

Posted by Jarrett on Sep 16, 2020 8:23:43 AM

Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama at at 4:45 a.m. CDT as a Category 2 with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.  Sally continues to move slowly north-northeastward into the coastline, with the slow movement bringing prolonged impacts to the Gulf Coast, including catastrophic flooding to portions of Florida and Alabama today along with damaging winds and the risk of tornadoes. Heavy rainfall will also advance north and east into Georgia and the western Carolinas. The storm will weaken quickly and pick up forward speed as it tracks inland across Alabama and Georgia later today through Thursday. States with Active Advisories: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida

Flooding: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virgin
Historic and catastrophic flooding is unfolding along and just inland of the coast from west of Tallahassee FL to Mobile Bay AL. 
  • 8 to 12 inches, up to 35 inches from the western Florida Panhandle to extreme southern Alabama through Wednesday.
  • 4 to 8 inches, up to 12 inches, is possible farther inland across southern and central Alabama and central Georgia.
  • 4 to 6 inches, up to 9 inches, in western South Carolina and western and central North Carolina.
  • 2 to 5 inches, up to 7 inches, in southeast Virginia.
Storm Surge: Alabama, Florida
Storm surge is occurring along portions of the coastline from Alabama to the western Florida Panhandle. 
  • The peak storm surge will be near and to the right of where the center of Sally makes landfall. 
  • 4 to 7 feet from Dauphin Island, Alabama, to the Okaloosa/Walton County line in Florida, including Pensacola Bay and Choctawhatchee Bay.
Hurricane Conditions: Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
Hurricane conditions are expected this morning and continuing into this afternoon along the Mississippi and Alabama coastline and the western Florida Panhandle. 
  • Hurricane warnings remain in effect from coastal Alabama into the western Florida Panhandle.
  • Strong, damaging winds will continue to impact the Gulf Coast this morning near where Sally is moving inland.
Tornadoes: Alabama, Florida, Georgia
There will be a chance of isolated tornadoes from Sally Wednesday into Wednesday night, from southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle into southern Georgia.

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