Sep 17, 2020
After Sally: Rescue, Recovery and a Wary Eye on Rivers
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By JAY REEVES, ANGIE WANG and JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally's rains threatened more misery for some residents of the Florida Panhandle and south Alabama on Thursday, even as the storm's remnants were forecast to dump as much as a foot of rain and spread the threat of flooding to Georgia and the Carolinas.
Coastal residents, meanwhile, looked to begin the recovery from a storm that turned streets into rivers, ripped roofs off buildings, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and killed at least one person.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned residents and visitors in flooded areas that they would need to remain vigilant as water from the hurricane subsides, because heavy rains to the north were expected to cause flooding in 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 a Wednesday news conference in Tallahassee.
At least one death was blamed on the hurricane. Orange Beach, Alabama, Mayor Tony Kennon told The Associated Press one person in the popular vacation spot died and another was missing as a result of the storm. He said he could not immediately release details.
Sally blew ashore near Gulf Shores, Alabama, Wednesday morning as a major hurricane with 105 mph (165 kph) winds. It moved slowly, exacerbating the effect of heavy rains. More than 2 feet (61 centimeters) fell near Naval Air Station Pensacola, and nearly 3 feet (1 meter) of water covered streets in downtown Pensacola, the National Weather Service reported.
Some Pensacola streets looked like rivers with whitecaps at times. The waters swamped parked cars before receding.
Sally weakened to a tropical depression late Wednesday and picked up speed. The National Hurricane Center said the system was moving through southeast Alabama, would cross over central Georgia on Thursday and reach South Carolina on Thursday night. Flash flooding and some river flooding was possible in each state.
The forecasts called for 4 inches (10 centimeters) to 8 inches (29 centimeters) of rain in southeast Alabama and central Georgia by Thursday night, with up to 1 foot (30 centimeters) in some spots, posing a threat of significant flash flooding and “minor to moderate” river floods.
In South Carolina, as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain was possible; in North Carolina, up to 8 inches. Some flash flooding and river flooding was a possibility in those states, the weather service said.
Kennon said the damage in Orange Beach was worse than that from Hurricane Ivan, which hit 16 years to the day earlier. In a Facebook briefing for city residents, Kennon said distribution points would be established Thursday for water, ice and tarps.
“It was an unbelievably freaky right turn of a storm that none of us ever expected,” Kennon said of Sally, which once appeared to have New Orleans in its sights.
Well over a half-million homes and businesses were without electricity in Alabama and Florida, according to the poweroutages.us website. Many faced extended time without power. “We don't want to sugar coat this; we're in it for the long haul,” one utility posted on social media.
At least eight waterways in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle were 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. Included in the warnings were 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, forecasters said.
Brewton, Alabama, a city of about 5,200, can expect moderate to major flooding, said meteorologist Steve Miller of the National Weather Service office in Mobile. Silverhill, an Alabama town of about 1,200, was threatened by the Fish River, which had crested, and Seminole, an Alabama village on the Florida state line, by the still rising Styx River, Miller said.
As a hurricane, Sally tore loose a barge-mounted construction crane, which then smashed into the new Three Mile Bridge over Pensacola Bay, causing a section of the year-old span to collapse, authorities said. The storm also ripped away a large section of a fishing pier at Alabama’s Gulf State Park on the very day a ribbon-cutting had been scheduled following a $2.4 million renovation.
The hurricane center was tracking two other Atlantic storms: Hurricane Teddy, with a forecast track that could put it over Bermuda by Monday; and Tropical Storm Vicky, expected to dissipate in the Atlantic in the coming days.
Wang reported from Mobile, Alabama, and Martin, from Marietta, Georgia. Associated Press contributors include Russ Bynum in Savannah, Georgia; Sudhin Thanawala and Haleluya Hadero in Atlanta; Bobby Caina Calvan and Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Florida; David Fischer in Miami; Rebecca Santana and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans; and Julie Walker in New York.
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Chicago : what Sally left behind in parts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia .
PENSACOLA, Florida – Rivers swollen by Hurricane Sally threatened Thursday to exacerbate hardship for some residents of northeast Florida and southern Alabama, with debris from the storm expected to discharge up to 1 foot of water and carry flood risk to Georgia and the carolinas.
Residents on the coast, meanwhile, were seeing how to begin recovery after a storm that turned streets into rivers, ripped off roofs, cut off power to hundreds of thousands and killed at least one person.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned residents and visitors in flooded areas to remain vigilant as the hurricane’s water receded, as downpours further north were expected to cause overflows in rivers in the northeastern part of the state. in the coming days.
“So this is like the opening salvo, but there is going to be more to deal with,” DeSantis said Wednesday at a news conference in Tallahassee.
At least one person died due to the hurricane. Orange Beach, Alabama Mayor Tonny Kennon told The Associated Press that one person from the popular resort resort had died and another was missing. He could not publish more details yet, he noted.
Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a powerful hurricane with 105 mph winds.
It is not yet known why the large oak tree fell on the house but it happened at the time when the outer bands of Hurricane Sally struck the Atlanta area.
It moved slowly, compounding the effect of the showers. At the Pensacola Naval Airfield, more than 2 feet fell and the water reached almost 3 feet on the streets of downtown Pensacola, according to the National Weather Service.
Some Pensacola streets looked like rivers. The water flooded parked cars before pulling out.
A replica of the caravel La Niña, which was part of Christopher Columbus’s first expedition to America, had disappeared from its mooring point at the Pensacola pier, according to police.
Images of this Wednesday, September 16 in Gulf Shores, Alabama after the passage of the storm.
The ship was later seen stranded in the center of town, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
The system downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday night and gained some speed. It was moving through southeastern Alabama, crossing through central Georgia on Thursday and arriving in South Carolina on Thursday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Flash floods and overflows were possible in those states.
More than half a million businesses and homes were without power in Alabama and Florida, according to the website poweroutages.us. Many faced delays before recovering service.
“We do not want to hide this: it is going to last,” said a power company on social media. The hurricane center was monitoring two other Atlantic storms: Hurricane Teddy, which could pass over Bermuda on Monday, and Tropical Storm Vicky, which was expected to dissipate in the Atlantic in the next few days.