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Hurricane Sally Starts Death Toll In Alabama

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Latest: Mayor says 1 dead, 1 missing in coastal Alabama

Waves near a damaged pier at Gulf State Park after Hurricane Sally moved through, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Gulf Shores, AL. Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

By The Associated Press

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — The mayor of a coastal Alabama town says one person has died as a result of Hurricane Sally.

Mayor Tony Kennon of Orange Beach tells The Associated Press that the person died Wednesday. He added that one other person is missing. Kennon said no other details would be released immediately.

Sally came ashore Wednesday morning near the popular vacation destination as a major hurricane. Kennon says damage to the beach was not too bad.

Away from the beach, in neighborhoods along canals and beside the bay, damage was worse than what the city suffered in Hurricane Ivan, which hit 16 years to the day earlier.

Five corner units of Tropic Isles condominiums after Hurricane Sally moved through the area, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Orange Beach, AL. Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s governor is warning people in the state’s hard-hit panhandle to remain vigilant as Sally heads inland, warning major river flooding could come next.

Gov. Ron DeSantis told a news conference Wednesday afternoon that Sally is dumping heavy rains as it treks inland across the Southeast. He said that is expected to cause massive flooding of several Florida Panhandle rivers in the coming days.

“So this is kind of the initial salvo, but there is going to be more that you’re going to have to contend with,” DeSantis said at an appearance at the state emergency operations center in Tallahassee.

MOBILE, Ala. — Rivers have begun to rise from Sally’s heavy rains, and at least eight waterways in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle are expected to hit major flood stage by Thursday.

Some of the crests could break records, submerge bridges and flood some homes, the National Weather Service warned in a message late Wednesday.

Vehicles maneuver on a flooded road near a boat washed up near the road after Hurricane Sally moved through the area, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Orange Beach, AL. Sally made landfall Wednesday near Gulf Shores, AL, as a Category 2 storm, pushing a surge of ocean water onto the coast and dumping torrential rain that forecasters said would cause dangerous flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi and well inland in the days ahead. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In Alabama, affected waterways include the Styx and Fish rivers, Murder Creek and Big Escambia Creek. In Florida, major crests were expected on the Perdido, Blackwater, Shoal and Yellow rivers, according to forecasters.

Fire Department vehicles close the eastbound lane of Florida State Highway 20 in Choctaw Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, after debris from a destroyed dock/boat slip was pushed onto the road. Strong winds and rough surf from Hurricane Sally continued to pound the Panhandle area Wednesday. (Michael Snyder/Northwest Florida Daily News via AP)

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BAY MINETTE, Ala. — An electric utility in south Alabama is warning people hit by power outages from the passage of Sally that they may not get their lights back any time soon.

Baldwin EMC, the electric utility that services Baldwin County and part of a neighboring county in southeastern Alabama, posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that it had crews going out to assess the damage. But the utility warned customers they could be in for “prolonged, extensive outages due to the amount of damage.”

Hurricane Sally brings 'catastrophic' flooding, 'severe widespread damage' after Alabama landfall“We don’t want to sugar coat this; we’re in it for the long haul,” the message said. Utility officials have asked people who had medical equipment needing electricity to start making alternative plans.

More than 500,00 residential and business customers of utilities in Alabama and Florida have been hit with outages, poweroutage.us reported Wednesday afternoon.

https://apnews.com/86eaa637cd37f17323babec62fd43a4d

Andalusia Fire Department rescues father, 2 sons swept into drainage ditch during Sally

The Andalusia (AL) Fire Department rescued a father and his two sons who were swept into a drainage ditch Wednesday afternoon as Hurricane Sally pummeled south Alabama.

Early conditions on Dauphin Island, AL with Hurricane Sally

One of the sons — a teenager — was paddelboarding in the drainage ditch that runs from Walker Avenue through Robinson Park in Andalusia, the fire department said. The teen was then pulled into the underground drainage ditch, leading his brother and father to try and rescue him.

The department responded to a call of a teen drowning when they found the three victims in the drainage ditch. Fire officials brought them to safety. None of the victims had any injuries, the department said.

The department used the incident to warn residents about taking precautions, pointing out that Sally was expected to bring three to five inches of rain Wednesday afternoon.

https://www.al.com/news/montgomery/2020/09/andalusia-fire-department-rescues-father-2-sons-swept-into-drainage-ditch-during-sally.html

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