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MIAMI, Florida – The Winds of the hurricane sally fell rapidly after making landfall on Wednesday in Gulf Shores (Alabama) and they will continue to weaken as you move inland through areas of that state and Florida, but the risks involved, such as floods, remain.

In a new newsletter, the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Sally, which made landfall with winds of nearly 105 miles per hour (165 km / h), now has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (139 km / h), Category 1.

The translation speed has become faster and Sally is now moving at 5 miles per hour (7 km / h) in a north-northeast direction.

In the NHC track pattern, downtown Sally will cross southeast Alabama and far northwestern Florida today still as a hurricane, and will decline to a tropical storm over central Georgia on Thursday to end as a depression off the coast of Georgia. Carolinas.

First hurricane in Alabama since 2004

Sally is the first hurricane to make landfall in that southern state since 2004.

The first reports from the area indicate that it was raining all night and the wind knocked down trees and knocked down cornices and other elements of the buildings, but no victims have been known for now.

The power outages began before the impact and, according to the portal, there are more than 217,000 customers in Florida, more than 275,000 in Alabama and about 9,700 in Mississippi affected.

Since before Sally made landfall, the NHC noted that “sudden and catastrophic floods” were developing from west of Tallahasse, Florida’s capital, to Mobile Bay, Alabama.

Local media show videos of cities like Orange Beach, Alabama, with the streets completely flooded.

In addition to the storm surge on the coast, it is possible that moderate to major overflows and floods may occur in the rivers in the area.

Sally’s hurricane force winds extend 35 miles (55 km) from its center and tropical storm winds (weaker) up to 125 miles (205 km).

Winds of 74 miles per hour (119 km / h) with a gust of 92 miles per hour (148 km / h) were recorded at the Pensacola (Florida) Naval Air Station, according to the NHC.

Sally will produce rains in a wide area of ​​the southeastern US, with accumulations of a maximum of 35 inches (889 millimeters) in specific areas, and the storm surge can raise sea level up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) in some places.

Tornadoes can hit parts of northwestern Florida, southern Alabama and southwestern Georgia all day today, and the Gulf of Mexico will have a wide undertow.

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By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Scott DiSavino

U.S. motorists drove 11% fewer miles in July than a year ago as drivers stayed home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said Tuesday in a monthly report.

U.S. drivers covered 262.4 billion vehicle miles in July, 33.2 billion vehicle miles fewer than the same month a year earlier. The drop came as government lockdowns to stop the spread of coronavirus kept drivers home.

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U.S. mileage has been below year-ago levels since March, when American businesses and schools first closed due to the virus. The lowest levels were seen in April, when government restrictions were most widespread.

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