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Hurricane Sally makes landfall as category 2 storm with 'historic & catastrophic flooding'

Sally upgraded to Category 1 hurricane as storm takes aim at Gulf Coast
Posted at 4:39 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 06:05:57-04

(WXYZ) — Hurricane Sally made landfall at 5:45 a.m. EDT as a category 2 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said. It made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

The NHC said it "will cause historic and catastrophic flooding in parts of northwest Florida and southern Alabama."

Sustained winds of 76 mph were reported southeast of Mobile, Alabama, with a wind gust of 98 mph.

It's moving north-northeast at 2 mph and has maximums sustained winds of 105 mph.

NHC warned that even though the storm slowed down, it will still produce a "life-threatening" storm surge in the central Gulf Coast region of the U.S. The NHC says "historic" flash flooding is possible as it makes landfall.

The agency expects the Alabama coast to see the most flooding, including Mobile Bay.